Any attempt to repeal health care reform -- the Democrats’ signature policy achievement -- is expected to sputter fast in the Senate where they’re still in charge. But House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is holding out hope.
“We’re not ready to concede that the Senate won’t act,” Cantor said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, as he discussed plans for cutting spending and repealing President Obama’s health care law. He is looking to the Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid to cooperate on initiatives coming from a Republican House.
“We’re going to be about a cut-and-grow Congress. And if the Senate and the president want to join us in trying to deliver results for the American people, we’re ready to work with them,” he said on the CBS Early Show. “The Senate has its role to play. If it wants to be the cul de sac and let legislation just fester and die over there it will be the choice of Leader Reid.”
Republicans in the House wasted no time Wednesday introducing legislation to repeal or defund the health care overhaul. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., proposed swapping health care reform with a health care system that emphasizes private-market insurance. Rep. John Fleming, R-La., introduced a bill that would rescind $1 billion from the Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund, which was appropriated to pay for administrative expenses in the overhaul.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said on Fox News Sunday that Republicans will probably move to repeal President Obama's health care reform law in January, before Obama delivers his State of the Union address at the end of the month. Upton and other committee leaders will meet this afternoon to plot out the House panels' early lines of attack as they begin investigating how to dismantle the law piece by piece. But the first hearings likely won’t be until the last week of January or the first week of February.
Sara Sorcher contributed. contributed to this article.