January 4, 2011

House Republicans Eyeing ‘Obamacare’ Repeal

The House of Representatives will convene for the first time in 2011 on Wednesday, and one of the first items of the new Republican majority's agenda will be to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a spokesman for the new House majority leader announced on Monday.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known to some as 'Obamacare,' was signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010. The legislation prohibits insurance providers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions and would subsidize insurance premiums, but some GOP lawmakers have taken issue with the measure, questioning the cost of the healthcare reform as well as the constitutionality of some of its provisions.

According to Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for incoming House Republican leader Eric Cantor, the Congressional branch will vote on legislation that would repeal the healthcare bill on January 12.

"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," Dayspring said in a statement on Monday, according to the New York Daily News.

"Further, Obamacare failed to lower costs as the president promised that it would and does not allow people to keep the care they currently have if they like it. That is why the House will repeal it next week," the Cantor spokesman added.

Following last November's elections, the GOP has a 242-193 majority in the House of Representatives, which should give them the votes needed to pass the repeal. However, the Democrats have maintained control in the Senate, and their 53-47 majority in that house will likely keep the repeal from reaching President Obama's desk.

"If House Republicans move forward with a repeal of the healthcare law"¦ we will block it in the Senate," Democratic leaders wrote in a letter to incoming House Speaker John Boehner, according to Thomas Ferraro of Reuters. "Taking this benefit away from seniors would be irresponsible and reckless at a time when it is becoming harder and harder for seniors to afford a healthy retirement."


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