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Republican leaders acknowledged Sunday that an outright repeal of the health care reform law -- something they told voters during the campaign they would try to do -- was not within their power while President Barack Obama is in office, but they vowed to pursue a strategy of taking it apart piece-by-piece.

"If we can put a full repeal on his desk and replace it with the kind of common-sense reforms that we were advocating during the debate to reduce spending, we owe it to the American people to do that," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

"If that fails, then we're willing to look at all of the various pieces of this as they become effective and how we might impact trying to carry out our commitment to the American people to keep this awful 2,700-page monstrosity that took over one-sixth of our economy from going into effect," McConnell said.

Mitch McConnell"What we're doing in my office is looking for the various parts of it that are subject to funding. And we will be revisiting this issue time after time. The American people expect us to."

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who is slated to head the House Budget Committee when Republicans take over next year, lowered somewhat the expectations of what the party could achieve, saying that while "we can defund specific actual roll-outs of this law ... the president has to sign those bills, so that is a challenge."

He expressed hope that efforts by those state attorneys generals who are challenging provisions of the health care law in the courts would prove to be successful.

But short of that, he said, "You can't fully repeal and replace this law until you have a new president and a better Senate. And that's probably in 2013, but that's before the law fully kicks in in 2014."

The New York Times reported Sunday that the Republican strategy includes limiting money for the Internal Revenue Service so it could not aggressively enforce the provisions of the law that require people to obtain coverage and employers to help pay for it. That provision of the law depends heavily on the fact that those who don't comply would face tax penalties.

As other targets of financing, the Times cited a Congressional Budget Office report that said the IRS will need $5 billion to $10 billion over 10 years to determine who is eligible for tax credits and other health care subsidies, with the Department of Health and Human Services needing an equal amount of time to carry out other changes mandated by the law.

Republican leaders also plan to use spending bills to block other elements of the law to which they are object.

Fresh from midterm election victories in which the sweeping health care measure was often an issue, the GOP strategy is also aimed at forcing Democrats into a series of votes on an array of provisions to get them on record in advance of the 2012 elections.

On CNN's "State of the Union," Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, a possible GOP presidential contender in 2012, said, "I'm doing everything I can ... to stop, delay or avoid its implementation in my state, including signing an executive order saying we're not going to participate unless required by law or approved by me."

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davehbb324

When the gop members of congress give up THEIR govt. funded health care ( (febhc), then untill that happens they are all hypocrites. Imagine if we were invaded by a hostile country, and every year they killed 45,000 Americans. Maybe a family member or the guy that lived across the street from you, that had a wife and 3 kids. Would you be outraged? would you take up arms to defend this country from those responsible for these deaths? Of course you would. So would I. That's how many AMERICANS die each year from inadequate access to health care.

January 03 2011 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
akajan22

Why is obama atealing money from Medicare to fund his health care fund for rhe illegals? Why has no one in the medisa requested the gov't to release all information on how much the American tax payer pays in welfare for them and BY WHOSE AUTHORITY IS IT TAXPAYER RESPONAIBILITY? lET'S TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN FIRST.

December 01 2010 at 12:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sgentilejr

The last Republican Administration Betrayed and Outed our own CIA agent who was our top weapons of mass destruction (nuclear weapons_ experts and hand picked by VP Dick Cheney to go and investigate the sales of Yellow Cake uranium. The last Republcan Administration turned over control of our major seaports to Muslims from Dubai. The last Republican Administration gave us more and mmore Federal Spending and new record high budget deficits year after year for 8 years. Obama has us moving forward again, but it appears many people want to go BACKWARDS to the Republican party.

November 14 2010 at 1:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
newsom

If the Republicans think they won the November elections because Americans believe they can do a better job,they are dead wrong.Americans are sending the message that they will throw out their representatives over and over until they begin representing us instead of the special interests.Now, the new representatives need to overpower the old line dummies and get some things done.We need health care and immigration reform.We need jobs.We don't need the veterans log jamming these things.

November 14 2010 at 3:16 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
monseigneurdev

The crushing and pervasive debt load, present and future makes entitlement agendas seem like wanting to paint stars into the sky. An all-Democrat government had it persisted could've passed an unlimited number of laws and resolutions. Huge debt was created and how much of it was spent to provide healthcare for American families?

November 13 2010 at 7:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Janice

All of the voters who voted Republican can start reducing the deficit by GETTING OFF MEDICARE if they're on it or VOWING NOT TO ENROLL when they're of age. Let them put THEIR money where their mouths are. After all, Medicare is a government-run healthcare plan.

November 12 2010 at 12:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

My parents who are elderly and in their eighties, have some of the best insurance available. However, they litterally are being killed by co-paying. There's absolutely no reason why this is done, except for maybe to cause them to default on their existing everyday bills which have soared to outrageous levels. Obviously, there just appears to be this attempt to make seniors default, so that they pay the higher interest rates so that banks and other greedy vermin might take all of what they have. This is a shame, and I believe the republicans to be behind the fleecing of our seniors.

November 09 2010 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Mark

Your parents are not required by law to buy insurance........but, they will be...

November 13 2010 at 7:47 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
vobox3343

We don't need healthcare. the conservatives can lay their hands on us and we will be healed. That's how righteous thay are. Let's put them to the test.

November 09 2010 at 4:42 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
bccozart

I guess we will not see any improvement in the unemployment in the next 2 yrs.Mitch Mcconnell said it well for all the newly elected their main focus is to go back to the driving Miss Daisy days.We will not grow sa a country.

November 09 2010 at 12:31 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
LAURA

So, the Repuglicans now plan on bringing our country to a standstill until they can retake the White House? Just how many voters actually changed their vote to the dark side? I am disgusted and unsure about where our country is headed at the hands of "them." People, listen up. May I remind you all that back when Bush was on his last term, that the voters said they wanted out. They wanted CHANGE, they wanted to see someone young with fresh views and not afraid to "go get em." What happened to you? Those voters that voted for President Obama, (myself included) wanted to get this country facing forward. Now those same voters, (not included) want to get this same President out of office and back to the "good, ol boys mentality." Have you all gone insane? None of you will have any excuses now. You did it, back to the status quo and in two yrs more of the same. Uneducated voters with a fickle mind that wants this President to make miracles. Well it took yrs of Bush to mess things up, and now you say this current President didn't do anything and is responsible??? I don't think so!! This country is going down the tubes. Thank you very much.

November 09 2010 at 12:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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allisonisa39e

The voters who backed Obama did want change. He did not lead them to a change they wanted and there are no expectations that he will. They still want change. He had big majorities in both houses and things were perceived by the voters as getting worse. If something fails you don't keep using it, you try something new and hope it will do better. If that does not work you don't keep using it, you change again.

November 13 2010 at 2:21 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Jason

The other reason people changed their minds is the fact that he is a SOCIALIST. This health care bill is totally unconsitutional. If you actually go through and read it, it is forcing you to buy a good or a service that some may not even want. He is trying to tax the hell out of big business in the hopes that they will bow down to big government, but what he doesn't realize is all that is going to do is piss businesses off and make them lay off more people. He wants to control this country and the people in it, and correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that the reason we left England in the first place? The point is, his ideas are noble, but unrealistic and unconstitutional.

November 13 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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