Is the ‘Repeal Health Care Reform’ Movement Doomed?
I raised that question on Monday, talking with conservative health experts who think Republicans are fooling themselves if they think they’ll be able to roll back a successful health care bill. Politico asked more Republican candidates about the issue, and found more pessimism.
“We have to repeal very substantial parts of it, and that’s not going to be easy,” said Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey. “I’m not sitting here predicting that a president who signs this into law in 2010 is likely to sign a repeal in 2011.” The repeal-or-bust strategy is designed to give GOP candidates a powerful talking point in the coming midterm elections by highlighting what some polls indicate is a deeply unpopular proposal among the GOP base and independent voters. Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn and several House members have promised to introduce legislation repealing the law if it resembles the health care bill that passed the Senate last week. “They can push for repeal — they’re just not going to get it,” said Tom Davis, former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. “I think there are probably better targets for Republicans.”
A slightly more viable outlet for opposition is the quest by 13 GOP attorneys general to convince Democrats that a constitutional challenge in on the horizon.