House Republicans today launched their push to repeal the health care reform law in the face of stout opposition from Democrats and a warning of hundreds of billions of dollars in red ink.
“We will not let go unanswered the call of the American people who rejected this massive expansion,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-MI, at a hearing of the House Rules Committee.
Rep. John Kline, R-MN, denounced the reform law as “job-killing, flawed legislation.”
That stance, of course, was adamantly refuted by Democrats on the panel.
“I do believe we’re embarking down a path to our detriment,” said Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-FL.
Democrats received a boost for their argument when the Congressional Budget Office said the GOP’s repeal plan would increase the deficit by $145 billion through the end of the decade and by $230 billion by 2021.
“I think we need to move forward not backward,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-CA. “This not only has overwhelming public support but it actually saves the government money.”
The House is expected to vote on the repeal next Wednesday. Rep. David Dreier, chairman of the Rules panel, today directed various other House committees to start working on replacement legislationfor the present law that would lower health care premiums, boost jobs growth, and reduce duplicative government programs and wasteful spending.