New Congress to vote on repeal of Health Care Law

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 12:04pm

The 112th Congress will be sworn in Wednesday, and the new as well as conservative Republicans say they will do the job they were sent there for. Getting rid of Obamacare, they say, is the first item of business.

Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert says, "once we pass the repeal and put the pressure on the senate to get that done, We will then follow up with a well-prepared bill that everybody has chance to put their input in."

But Democrats say while the bill may pass the house, it will be dead on arrival in the Senate--where Democrats still have the most votes.

Smith County Democratic Chair David Henderson says, "There are only two obstacles: one is the Senate and the other is the President of the United States, so no they will not be able to repeal it." "One of the risks that Republicans face is that parts of it (Obamacare) are very popular. Are they going to throw the baby out with the bath water? Well, they've done dumber things, so they may do that," says Henderson.

Rep. Gohmert says, "If the Senate takes that position that we are simply not going to repeal the Obamacare and get a healthcare reform bill that people do want, then I think we'll see a big turnover in the Senate in two more years."

He also says if Obamacare doesn't get repealed, Republicans have another plan: "We'll just have to go about defunding the parts of the bill that basically take away people's freedoms and kill it that way."

A full house vote on repeal is scheduled for next Wednesday.

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