Coming off of a productive and cooperative lame-duck session, Republicans say their new Congress won’t be nearly as friendly toward Democratic goals. Will the new GOP undo the 2010 U.S. Health Care bill? Find out if they have the numbers, and see pictures and video below!
Looking to make good on a promise made in many of their campaigns, new Republican Congress members have one shared goal in mind starting the new year: Repealing ‘Obamacare’. Calling it irresponsible and damaging to the economy, Republicans are pointing to the sweeping change in power in the Senate and House as proof that Americans want the GOP to undo U.S. Health Care reform.
“It’s important that we repeal Obamacare as soon as possible because it is already harming the economy and killing jobs,” said Representative Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota. “Employers are seeing their costs for providing health insurance skyrocket, and that’s causing them to hold off on hiring and job creation.”
Despite the significant Republican strength in the new congress, Democrats say they will not be giving up on their landmark law without a fight. What’s more, while most Democrats were discouraged from fully supporting the bill in 2010 for fear of losing in the impending elections, now the party members should be free to show unbridled support for their bill.
“We will respond by pointing out the impact of repeal on people’s lives,” Rep. Robert Andrews, D-N.J said. “On women with cancer who could be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition. On senior citizens who would lose the help they are receiving to pay for prescriptions.”
While Republicans certainly can be confident in the uncanny reversal of majority from the 111th House of Representatives, it’s the Senate that may prove a sticking point for their cause.
“We have 242 Republicans,” Fred Upton (R-Mich) said on “Fox News Sunday.” “There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us.”
What do you think of the GOP’s plans to undo U.S. Health Care reform? While the reform has both adamant supporters and staunch resistance, there are few that would not call it a milestone in U.S. history. In the end, is it better or worse for the U.S. to have Obamacare in place? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section after you check out pictures and video of the new congress members on the topic below!
Photos: www.wenn.com/Carrie Devorah