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The GOP’s Plan to Repeal the Health Care Law

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 04 Nov 2010 11:22am | comments

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour joined congressional Republican leadership calls to repeal the health care law signed by President Obama. But is such a repeal possible while the Democrats hold the White House? Or is this the beginning of a larger GOP strategy for the 2012 election? Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.

Standing with soon-to-be speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Haley Barbour criticized the overspending in Washington and vowed to help push a conservative fiscal agenda.

BARBOUR: “Governors believe we can work with the Congress to try to set things in a better direction.”

Barbour and Republican leaders want to start by dismantling a law that ensures coverage for a half million Mississippians. They propose removing insurance mandates on employers and individuals and cutting off federal dollars for health care reforms. However this push may be little more than symbolic. Even if these changes went through Congress, President Obama could use his veto power. And portions of the law are already fully funded through tax law changes included in the bill. George Washington University professor Leighton Ku says that sets the stage for a bitter rhetorical battle in Congress over the next two years, and Ku doesn’t see Republicans backing down.

KU: “They will believe that health care is one of the Achilles heels that made it possible for them to get more seats so they will certainly bring it up.”

Ku worries the heated debate could sidetrack members of Congress from addressing pressing issues within the public health system – like the shortage of primary care doctors and nurses.

From Capitol News Connection Sara Sciammacco M-P-B News

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