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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

GOP: We Couldn't Kill It, But Let's Repeal It

Ever since the passage of the health care reform bill in the House of Representatives on Sunday, many GOP lawmakers -- though not all of them -- began calling for repeal of the legislation.
Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) has taken the lead on a Senate GOP mission to stonewall the health care bill as their chamber prepares to vote on reconciliation fixes. Gregg hopes to slow the process by proposing a number of amendments to the reconciliation bill.
"The only issue between now and the next election will be the repeal of it," Gregg said, echoing Sen. John McCain's earlier comment that Democrats will get "no cooperation for the rest of the year" on their legislative agenda.
On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) referred to the health reform bill as a "fiscal Frankenstein" that will "make insurance more expensive." According to Politico, Ryan plans to push for repeal of the legislation.
In the immediate aftermath of the House vote Sunday night, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) released a statement calling the bill an "unconstitutional," irreparably broken "power grab" that "must be repealed." His call for the bill's repeal was limited to a single sentence -- "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the amendments made by that Act, are repealed."
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was quick to back his Senate colleague, releasing a statement announcing that he was "committed to repealing this multi-trillion dollar health care nightmare and replacing it with bipartisan reform that will lower costs and improve access."
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) also announced Monday that she'd join DeMint's effort to repeal the newly passed health care bill. LinkHere


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