Republicans Plan To Introduce Legislation To Repeal Obamacare This Week
But it will be a largely symbolic move, I think, thanks to the fact that Democrats still control the Senate and it would take 2/3′s of both houses of Congress to override Obama’s veto.
Though I’m not discounting the symbolism. This is, in part, what they campaigned on. And it’s one of the reasons they won the election.
The more Americans have learned about Obamacare they less they’ve liked it. Thus, the more Democrats are forced to defend Obamacare the worse it is for them. Democrats would like Republicans to forget their promises to try and repeal Obamacare. Good on Republicans for keeping this promise.
CNN has learned that Republicans plan to try to repeal the health care law almost immediately after taking control of the House, setting the stage for an early confrontation with President Obama.
House GOP sources tell CNN that they will unveil repeal legislation Monday night, even before they claim the majority Wednesday. Then, on Friday, Republicans will hold a critical procedural vote – the first step towards passing the repeal. A final House vote will likely take place next Wednesday.
Republicans have said for some time the House would take up repealing health care, a top GOP campaign issue, during the first month of the new Congress, but up to now have not revealed exactly when. Regardless, the repeal has little chance of passing the Senate.
Republicans say they decided to bring it up this soon to quickly respond to voters’ frustration with the health care law, which Republicans argue is hurting the economy.
“Obamacare is a job killer for businesses small and large, and the top priority for House Republicans is going to be to cut spending and grow the economy and jobs,” said Brad Dayspring, spokesman for incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-VA.
Focusing on the economic impact of Obamacare is going to be important for Republicans. Right now Americans need jobs, and yet in the coming years businesses are going to be increasingly saddled with the regulations rolled up into Obamacare. Keeping that in the minds of voters will ultimately bear fruit for Republicans.Tags: obamacare