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Can the GOP really repeal the health care overhaul?

Republicans vowed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — or at least obstruct many of its provisions — if they won control of Congress yesterday.<br /><br />

Republicans vowed to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — or at least obstruct many of its provisions — if they won control of Congress yesterday.

National polls show voters are evenly divided on the law dubbed “Obamacare” by its opponents.
Here are some questions and answers about the law’s future:

Will Republicans have the votes to repeal?
It will be very difficult, if not impossible, for Republicans to repeal the healthcare law. If Republicans take the House but Democrats keep the Senate, that split makes it unlikely for Republicans to pass any measures to repeal or change the law because both the House and the Senate must agree on any final legislation.

Can Republicans stop health care by refusing to fund it?
They can try to withhold money needed to administer and enforce the law. But, again, they would need control of both chambers of Congress. Any attempt to block funding also would require 60 votes in the Senate to overcome procedural hurdles, and even then would face the threat of a presidential veto.

What could a GOP-controlled House do?
It could hold hearings on the impact of the health reforms that may sway public opinion against the law and attract support for Republican-backed changes. Such a complex law is bound to run into implementation problems and the majority party in the House controls committee hearing schedules.

Which provisions would Republicans target?
One target is the require­ment for employers to offer health care insurance to employees or pay a tax penalty. Another is the requirement that all Americans buy health insurance. Another plan would be to block planned reductions in benefits under Medicare, the government-funded health insurance for older Americans, or scale back the expansion of Medicaid.

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