Lisa Lerer and Drew Armstrong
Jan 19, 2011
With a symbolic vote to repeal President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul, the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is starting a two- year campaign to undermine the law through piecemeal dismantling tactics and efforts to weaken public support.
The House plans today to pass legislation that would roll back the law, fulfilling Republican campaign promises. Democrats, who control the Senate, say that they will block a repeal effort in that chamber — and that, in any case, Obama will veto it.
Once the vote is complete, Republicans will attack the law by trying to remove funding from key provisions and force Democrats to defend the law ahead of the 2012 presidential election. They will also move to craft an alternative health- care plan.
“We’ll do everything we can to delay and defund the provisions of the bill so that we can get some discussion going on how we can replace it,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, told reporters yesterday.