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Gibbs on Health Care: 'Nothing' From Election Suggests People Want Repeal


"I don't think any data suggests that that's what people want to see..."

Speaking at the daily White House press briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested that Americans do not want to repeal health care legislation, and said he thinks Republican attempts to do so won't make it out of Congress.

“I honestly don't think it will come to that,” Gibbs said on Thursday in response to a question about whether Obama would veto any repeal attempts.

But Gibbs went beyond commentating what he thinks will happen with Congress. In his opinion, Tuesday's elections suggested "nothing" about the American people being interested in "going back" to the way health care was handled before the controversial bill was passed.

"I don't think any data suggests that that's what people want to see after Tuesday," he said.

Congressional GOP leaders seem to disagree, and have been treating Tuesday's elections as a referendum on Obama's policies. Consequently, Republicans such as Sen. Mitch McConnell have reiterated this week their goal of repealing Obama's health care and financial legislation. McConnell echoed that in a speech today, but said that in order to be successful the country must limit Obama to one term.

This story has been updated.

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