House leaders duel over health care repeal
July 1st, 2012
10:46 AM ET
11 years ago

House leaders duel over health care repeal

(CNN) – The Republican and Democratic leaders in the U.S. House offered sharply divergent projections Sunday on President Barack Obama's health care law, which was deemed constitutional Thursday by the Supreme Court and which faces a repeal vote on Capitol Hill in just over a week.

House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican and proponent of the law's repeal, said the court's ruling was "shocking," but maintained it did carry an upside for the GOP.

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"All it really does is strengthen my resolve and resolve of Republicans here in Washington to repeal this awful law, which is increasing the cost of health insurance for the American people and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers," Boehner said on CBS.

The House vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, slated for July 11, will send the signal to the American people that Republicans are "resolved to get rid of this," Boehner said.

"This has to be ripped out by its roots. This is government taking over the entire health insurance industry. The American people do not want to go down this path. They do not want the government telling them what kind of insurance policy they have to buy, and how much they have to pay for it, and if you don't like it we're going to tax you. It has to be ripped out and we need to start over," Boehner said.

Meanwhile, the Democratic leader in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, said Sunday the attempt to repeal of Obama's health law was "unrealistic," saying taking such action amounted to Republicans catering to special interests.

"It's being the mouthpiece of the health insurance industry," Pelosi said on NBC. "And we're saying, 'Let's not have them be in charge anymore. Let the people be in charge of how they receive coverage and health care.'"

Republicans first sought a repeal vote of the president's health law in the 111th Congress, soon after the measure passed. Democrats, who then controlled the House and Senate, didn't allow repeal attempts to be considered.

When Republicans took control of the House after the 2010 midterm elections, a repeal measure was voted on by the full body, passing 245-189. It was added as an amendment to an unrelated bill in the Senate, where it was voted down.

Other attempts have been made in Congress to defund the health care law, though none has yet been successful in passing the Democrat-controlled Senate.

On Sunday, Pelosi said attempts to repeal or defund the law represented de facto repeal of the beneficial aspects of the measure.

"They'll bring it up, and when they bring it up they will ask for repeal, repeal of all the things I said that help children, help young adults, help seniors, help men or women who may have prostate cancer, breast cancer, whatever it is, any precondition," Pelosi said.

"So that's what they want to repeal, we're happy to have that debate," she added.

Boehner argued Republicans were willing to maintain certain provisions in the health law, though he said each would need to be enacted separately.

"Republicans believe in a common sense, step-by-step approach to replacing this law," the House speaker said. "And all of those provisions, popular provisions, many of them very sound provisions, can in fact be done in a common sense way. But not in 2,700 pages that no one read."

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Filed under: Health care • John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. jzd

    The Democrats use the stupid excuse that this saves us money because "those who refuse to buy health insurance but get care in a crisis, paid for by others.".

    But that its TOTAL BS. With the new system it is going to cost FAR more money, due to many reasons. Such as many more people deciding to go to the doctor for every little reason, or doctors performing unnecessary tests on many more people. And this doesn't even count all the millions of illegal immigrants that Obama just legalized.

    This law will also screw over people due to the government determining who can afford it. Many will fall inbetween, and not be able to afford health insurance still, and yet can't even afford the fine. And this is NOT a penalty as the Democrats call it, its a fine and probably will be made out to be a crime also. Nothing like screwing the poor in this world.

    July 1, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. Reality Check

    ObamaCare is defective law intended only as a first major step towards universal, Governement-run, single-payer, not-for-profit healthcare, like the failed European nationalized systems. It must be stopped, even with its front-end loaded giveaways, before it morphs into another failed, self-serving Federal bureaucracy. ObamaCare will lead to rationed healthcare just like Medicare/Medicaid is.

    US voters must insist on true market reforms that result in cost control without the Federal Government bureaucracy of ObamaCare.

    July 1, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. jzd

    I should add that I am also unemployed and uninsured. So its not like I'm on the other side.

    July 1, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Karm99

    The bottom line is the Supreme Court ruled Romneycare constitutional.

    Now, Republicans live with it, it is the law!

    July 1, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. labman57

    The Republican Party has a master plan for repealing the ACA:

    Step 1: Wait for the planets to align
    Step 2: Assume that they retain control of the House, win a supermajority in the Senate, and Uncle Mitt wins the presidential election.

    But of course, Romney definitively declared that he would repeal the legislation on his first day of office, so forget steps one and two. He'll simply wave his magic wand ...

    July 1, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. Sue

    Hey college students.......Get ready for your $2500 "hopey and changey" Obamacare tax!!

    July 1, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. American

    Boehner wants to waste more taxpayers' time on political theater, instead of substance. His wasteful charade goes nowhere from the House, and he knows it.

    ACA is constitutional. Many Americans are simply tired this same old dishonest debate when there are more important issues facing our nation.

    July 1, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. Patrick from Minnesota

    Hey zoyster1, please cite your sources. We'de love to know where you're getting that outright bull crap.

    July 1, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. coyoteliberty

    Wow. The democrats cut deals with everyone alive to pass this beast (including protecting Big Pharma from unregulated drug imports that would have dramatically reduced EVERYONE'S health care cost by making prescription drugs, one of the largest elements of health care costs, more affordable), making a mockery out of the term "affordable care" and setting up to further enrich the insurance industry, already the second most profitable industry in America (after cosmetics) and Republicans are in the pocket of special interests.

    How does Pelosi's brain not explode trying to say these things with a straight face?

    July 1, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. John Hix

    So many lies on the airways about the health plan and so much ignorance. The law was declared constitutional so it is not going to go away no matter whether you call it a tax, mandate or expanded Medicare. This is the right thing for American and damn the Republicans for continuing this battle when there are more serious matters to deal with in America. Congress needs to do their job and take care of our country.

    July 1, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Larry L


    As former PA Democratic Governor Ed Rendell said the day after the Supreme Court ruling......."Obamacare is an albatross around our necks".
    What would YOU have done? The Republicans wouldn't even discuss a soluiion. More and more American families were going bankrupt due to illness or accidents – and their family wealth destroyed forever. Insurance rates were going up 7-9% per year so about every 7 years the rate would double. We used the previous REPUBLICAN MODEL! Even now Romney's "vision" is exactly the same plan – but w/o any comment on how to pay for it! Can Republicans be stupid enough to expect healthcare insurance to be free – yet keep all of the benefits? Think!

    July 1, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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