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Making good on one of their high-profile, election-year promises, House Republicans announced plans Monday afternoon to pass a repeal of the Obama administration's health care law. The No. 2 House Republican, Eric Cantor of Virginia, announced a vote scheduled for Jan. 12.

While this sets up a confrontation with President Obama over the landmark legislation, the move is seen as largely symbolic, as the repeal effort is not expected to succeed. While Democrats lost their majority in the House, they retained it in the Senate, where a repeal is highly unlikely. In addition, Obama can simply veto the legislation, and Republicans are a long way off from the majorities they would need to override the president.

But the GOP leadership has vowed to try to chip away at "Obamacare" with a series of smaller steps and votes on pieces of legislation over the next year or more. A variety of attempts are expected, including finding ways to hold back money for key provisions. Even forcing a government shutdown is a possibility, although a risky move for the GOP. Polls have shown parts of the legislation are popular, and some felt it didn't go far enough.

Democrats are responding with a clear message that they will block all attempts at repeal.
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raymond

the dems didn't go far enough and push the public option,now the repubs are just interested in screwing up what progress has been made , as an independant i would never vote for them raymond

January 04 2011 at 4:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Richard

Stalemate !

January 04 2011 at 3:51 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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ewr6756

Yeah, generally speaking, when it comes to government, stalemate is more acceptable than checkmate. Unfortunately, the looming budget deficit will not get resolved in stalemate nor capitulation...

January 04 2011 at 4:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
DemocracyInPeril

An Open Letter to Congress:

House Leader John Boehner January 4, 2011


Dear Congressman Boehner:



I strongly urge you to work toward the immediate repeal of the national health care bill, H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

We need to return to our previous excellent health care system and enact incremental steps necessary to improve it as required. Addressing the problem areas while keeping the excellence of the American healthcare system should have been the path taken. We need to immediately address this the right way.

It is critical that this healthcare bill be repealed as soon as possible. It is a far reaching cancer that will help to destroy our economy, our freedoms, and the health and well being of all Americans.

January 04 2011 at 12:54 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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harjacobhar

Dear Congress: Dont listen to her..... The overwhelming majority of Americans believe instead of repeal, you should work toward including a public option. Our pervious HC plan was far from excellent and we need to join the other industrialized nations of the world and stop selling our citizens health to the highest bidder.

January 04 2011 at 1:42 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Alex Vallas

You, like so many who have been brainwashed by the lies of the GOP have no true understanding of American healthcare. While our healthcare is good, it is far from the best in the world. Our infant mortality rates are way down compared to other industralized countries (and some not so industralized). Women's healthcare is not that great due to lack of access among the poor or disadvantaged. I could go on and on. Oh, and for your info -- I spent 36 years in healthcare and healthcare consulting which included some of the best hospitals in the country.

January 06 2011 at 8:25 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Dr. Rodriguez

Why do we allow that congress have a separate health care and retirement than the american population they represent. This seems completely unfair and makes their voting on these issues seem ridiculous at best. Does anyone else see it the same. When did our government representatives become the elite class. They use our money to provide themselves with better benefits than us and let us eat cake.

January 04 2011 at 12:00 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
kingnus

I do not know why we can't use the $52 billion we spend on foreign aid and the $150 billion we spend on Iraq and afghanistan every year and pay for health care for americans.

January 04 2011 at 11:58 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
Trudy Buck

Mr. Cantor my advice to you is this. You should be very careful how you approach this matter that you are about to embark on. If I were you I would pray and think very hard and long about how and what I confronted the President on about His Health Care Plan. Please listen. A word to the wise is sufficient. I'm ole school and I try and not use useless words. So if I were you young man I would take heed and pray before I opened my mouth. Especially against this Health Care Plan. I wouldn't want you to cause yourself to make shipwreck by not thinking before you speak.

January 04 2011 at 10:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
crg7crg

I have been an against obamacare since it inception, both for national financial reasons and the growth in governmant control, however the Republicans must remember that it came about because the country had real issues with thre current healthcare system, and must address the more uregent of these issues other wise it will not be defeated or only temporally delayed.

January 04 2011 at 10:41 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
panjo

It amazes me that some posts here are criticizing Obamacare and then in the same breath are worrying about their benefits being changed on Medicare! Are you people for real?? You think republicans will let Medicare stay? It will be the first to go!!! I just cant believe in the 21 st century that 50% of Ameircans are just total idiots!!

January 04 2011 at 10:24 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
pgbrooke

Shame on the Republicans for wasting America's time and money. There is so very much they could be doing constructively and they choose this sure-to-fail, regressive, anti-American, grandstanding political ploy.

January 04 2011 at 10:18 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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artteet

They could be working on the economy, something the dems didnt do for the last two years while racking up 3 trillion in debt and creating more government sponsored social programs paid for on the backs of the middle class. This healthcare program will break many middle class families that cant afford healthcare now but will be forced to buy it. Many companies will layoff workers due to rising cost forced by new mandates and many companies will move overseas.

January 04 2011 at 11:44 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
ewr6756

And it surprises anyone that parts of the healthcare bill are being struck down by the courts??? Not to put too fine a point on this, the "activist" courts are there for a reason. It wasn't that many years ago the supreme court struck down the "line item veto." Congress didn't write the healthcare bill, corporate america did. Money talks...

January 04 2011 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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