January 18th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

Reality check: Repealing health care reform

Ed Hornick

Washington (CNN) - Republicans have put the wheels in motion to try to repeal President Obama's health care reform law. CNN breaks down the issue and the efforts' future.

What's behind the push for repeal?

Simple: It's a campaign promise that House Republicans are trying to honor.

During the runup to the midterm elections, Republicans campaigned heavily on repealing and replacing the law. They cited the "will of the people" - noting that voters, especially members of the Tea Party movement, overwhelmingly rejected the Democrats' policies.

After their historic gains in the midterms, Republicans now control the House and hold a large number of seats in the Senate, and they are living up to that promise. The GOP has been saying that the law as currently written will hamper prospects for long-term economic growth while doing little to slow spiraling medical costs.

House Speaker John Boehner, who used to refer to the bill as a "jobs killer," now says that repealing the "job-crushing" health care law is critical to boosting small business job creation and growing the economy, reflecting sensitivities in the wake of the mass shooting this month in Tucson, Arizona, that critically injured a Democratic colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

What are the chances of repeal?

Nearly nil.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Tasha Bannat, Albuquerque NM

    Please explain why some Americans are so bent out of shape about "forced insurance" which must be paid by every American.

    We already have that and it is called MEDICARE!
    We all pay for it and no one complains.

    Was this the same argument tried regarding SOCIAL SECURITY??

    Private Insurance (Benefits) has held me hostage from getting descent pay at work.

    January 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  2. William of Iowa

    The campaign continues unabated. Governance languishes and the people remain lost in the myriad definitions of what the Health Care Reform Act contains. Who to believe? Politicians, pundits, physicians, economists, lawyers – who?

    January 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  3. Kim

    Mr. Blitizer interviewd Nancy Pelosi about health care and the polls reflecting of how many Americans did not approve and wanted to see changes.Mr. Blitizer shared several times the reality of those polls and Nancy Pelosi was argumentative concerning the polls valid.Appears difficult for Nancy Pelosi to understand the American people want to see changes in the policy of health care implemented for the people's best benefit viewing changes executed for repeal.They didn't do a good job explaining health care to the American people and it felt like they didn't listen and just started to cram it down our throats with 2000 pages that no one understood.What are we getting ? Who knows and what are the effects ? Be open for positive changes in the implement of policy and the people will tell you if it's working and listen to them.They're paying for it ! Mr. Blitizer tried to tell her but she refused to accept changes were needed and argured Mr. Blitizer's polls saying ,"those are your polls." No,Mr. Blitizer has access to a lot of input from the American people and many polls of which to draw a conclusion asking the question in a non-bias effort. Closed minded Nancy Pelosi ?

    January 19, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    I do not pay my taxes to have any politician waste time on doing the impossible simply to live up to an electoral promise that even had they won majorities in both houses would still have been vetoed.
    Concentrate on Job creation, real ideas, not just rhetoric (Job crushing where how why?). Or come up with sensible amendments to the health care law that makes it better.
    When Republicans put their so called better ideas on the table watch the polls reverse current standings and more. Proposed private medical insurance premiums are to rise by 20% to sometimes (California) 59% Thats Job killing.

    January 19, 2011 at 1:45 am |
  5. kenneth miaczynski

    Does the house speaker have his supply of kleenex?Lets see if the republicans can live without health care and unemployment money which they love to stall on giving the ones who need it the most.So mr.speaker when can the people see the jobs you seem to say they will get after the republican are in charge?Dont feed me this bull you inhereted a very high unemployment rate!You claim the democratesdidnt get it done fast enough,so lets how long it takes your party.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  6. kenneth miaczynski

    I beleive we need some kind of health care.As 20 yr army SSG and viet nam vet.How about this kind of health care?The va will take care of vets in 2 ways service connected and non service connected,So how about this we pay a % of our income for health care.The % can be worked out so those who dont make alot of money can still have health care.If the republicans want to save money as they say they will then let them pay for there own health care out of their own pockets not our money.The republicans talk alot of bull.They are so bent on health reform.I guess jobs and the economy are not a high point on their list.If bull had a value would it be as high as gold?One mad as hell of an american,republicans get off your backside and do what is right and not what you think we want.

    January 19, 2011 at 12:29 am |
  7. Kurt GArmaker

    Anderson: The KATO institute is wrong.. I am 61 yrs old, virtually everyone I am close to is younger than I am, and not of retirement age, Everyone of them, including my 27 yr old son has a prexisting condition... Thats a lot of people.. I just did a brief accounting and I know 100 people well enough to know something about their medical history.. I think that when people really think about it, and the ones they know well enough to say somethig about that the 129 million person figure is NOT far from the truth.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  8. Annie Kate

    Since the chances of repealing it are nil, why don't the Republicans concentrate on changing some of the more objectionable sections of it (in their opinion)? It is probably what they are going to wind up doing anyway and starting on that would waste less time. Most Americans, when they are being reasonable, would agree that its better to do what is possible than to tilt at windmills.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  9. DBC

    Will the GOP's effort result in a repeal? Of course not. However, there is no denying that a vast majority of America believes the bill is deeply flawed and in need of major overhaul. That was made painfully apparent by the election blowout. In the end, Democrats will not be able to hide from this mess of their making. Half of the states now sue the administration and it is quite obvious that bankrupt states can't pay the bills. Imagine that. The states must essentially sue their leadership to gain their attention. In such an environment, Obamacare is doomed. I'd rather be voting to repeal than doing nothing at all.

    January 18, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  10. aliou salam

    An exercise in destruction: Pres. Obama and democrats are spending their time in office already 2/4 years on healthcare? They must be dumb or deaf to the American people's cry for jobs.

    The congress needs to concentrate on jobs, not any other issue. we need jobs.jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs,jobbbbbbbbbbs

    January 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  11. aliou salam

    2 years of republican delay tactics, a bill they refused to sign despite tailoring it to their corporations desires, and yet they want president Obama and democrats to spend another year on this healthcare bill?

    January 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm |