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Monday, December 13, 2010

Boehner Pledges That Repeal of ObamaCare Will Be One of First Votes of New House

The future Speaker of the House John Boehner made a pledge in a tweet in response to the combination of the factors: the "individual mandate" provision being declared uncontitutional in a Virginia court and a new poll from ABC that shows an all-time low of support for ObamaCare and that 60% of those polled favored repealing, at least, part of the bill:

Republicans will fight to repeal this job-killing health care law, will be one of the first votes of new majority #pledge #hcrcostsjobs

He, later on, elaborated on that in a released statement:

“Today’s decision is an encouraging sign for families and small business owners who have revolted against President Obama’s job-killing health care law and called for its repeal.  Instead of appealing this decision, the Obama Administration should work with Congress to repeal this job-killing health care law so we can replace it with reforms that lower costs and protect jobs.  This would be the easiest way to keep ObamaCare from costing our economy more jobs.  Republicans have made a pledge to America to repeal this job-killing health care law, and that’s what we’re going to do.

“The individual mandate at the heart of ObamaCare puts the federal government in the business of forcing you to buy health insurance and taxing you if you don’t.  This is unwise, unaffordable, and as we have argued all along, unconstitutional.  If Washington thinks it can get away with this kind of power grab, it will think it can do anything.  Cash-strapped states should carefully weigh the benefits of investing time and resources in ObamaCare’s implementation now that its central mandate has been ruled unconstitutional.”

This would have some chance in the House with the new majority, but the Senate would be much tougher with the Democrats still being in control. However, it is all moot because there is no way that Obama would admit failure and repeal his most significant legislative victory to date. So, this would, ultimately, be an exercise in futility. He's just doing this to restate their official stance on the bill. What is more likely is that they'll focus more on defunding the bill rather than repealing it, for now.

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