The House will vote next week to repeal the new health care law, making good on a top-tier GOP campaign promise and setting up a showdown with President Barack Obama over his signature domestic policy achievement.
Majority Leader-elect Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced Monday the timeline for considering the repeal legislation: The bill will post on the Rules Committee website Monday night, the Rules Committee will meet Thursday, and the rule for the debate will be considered on the House floor Friday. The repeal vote will follow on Wednesday, Jan 12.
"Obamacare is a job killer for businesses small and large, and the top priority for House Republicans is going to be to cut spending and grow the economy and jobs,” Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring said in a statement. “Further, Obamacare failed to lower costs as the president promised that it would and does not allow people to keep the care they currently have if they like it. That is why the House will repeal it next week.”
As we reported, House Energy & Commerce Committee chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., suggested Sunday that this vote was on the horizon. But despite Upton's optimism about having the votes for a repeal, next week's effort is not expected to succeed. However, the GOP may be successful in scoring a political hit on the Obama White House if they persuade some members of President Obama's own Democratic Party to join them in supporting the repeal, signaling potential future support for chipping away at smaller but equally unpopular portions of the health care reform law.
Click here to see the Republicans' proposed repeal bill (PDF).