House GOP's No. 1 Priority: Repeal ObamaCare

Bachmann, Upton vow 'clean repeal' of health reform
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2011 1:17 PM CST
Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., will take over a key chairmanship when the new Congress is sworn in.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – With the GOP set to take control of the House on Wednesday, the party honchos were all over the Sunday shows promising that priority No. 1 is going to be repealing health reform, reports Politico. “The more the people learn about ObamaCare, the less they like it,” Rep. Michele Bachmann told CBS' Face the Nation. “So we will put forth a clean repeal bill of ObamaCare.” Fred Upton, the incoming chair of a committee that oversees health policy, vowed to put a repeal up for a vote before President Obama's State of the Union speech.

"We have 242 Republicans," said Upton, predicting that enough Dems would join to override a veto. A significant vote to repeal, he said, would pressure the Democrat-controlled Senate to vote likewise. Failing that, he said, "we're going to go after this bill piece by piece.” Any attempt to do so is "irresponsible," countered Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman, urging the GOP to focus on jobs and the economy instead of "wasting time and money and adding to the deficit by repealing health care reform."

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