GOP Reschedules Health Care Repeal Vote

Determined to move back toward business as usual
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2011 7:00 AM CST
In this Oct. 29, 2009 file photo John Boehner of Ohio stands behind a copy of the Democrat's version of the health care bill during a news conference.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg, File)

(Newser) – House Republicans will vote to repeal the health care reform law next week, likely on Wednesday, after a week-long delay in the wake of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting. “It is important for Congress to get back to work,” an Eric Cantor spokesman said, “and to that end we will resume thoughtful consideration of the health care bill.” Lest anyone think Republicans were moving too fast, the spokesman cited Robert Gibbs' recent assertion that tackling the nation’s problems would honor the shooting victims.

The tone of the debate will be under the microscope, the New York Times predicts, as the public watches to see if lawmakers show the rhetorical restraint everyone’s been calling for. Cantor’s spokesman says they’ll "continue to focus on substantive policy differences." But they won’t be changing the bill's name—the "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act"—despite some Democrats' complaints that it's inappropriate to use the phrase "job-killing" in light of the shootings.

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