Health care in GOP’s sights

Congressional Republicans said yesterday they plan a full-scale assault against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul next year, but acknowledged it could take until after the 2012 presidential election to repeal it.

Congressional Republicans said yesterday they plan a full-scale assault against President Barack Obama's health care overhaul next year, but acknowledged it could take until after the 2012 presidential election to repeal it.

Representative Paul Ryan, expected to become chairman of the House Budget Committee, said his fellow Republicans will try to deny funding for implementation of the health care legislation and hold hearings to point out its shortcomings when the new Congress convenes in January.

"This bill is such a fiscal and economic train wreck for our country and for the health care system itself," Ryan said in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

"We're going to do everything we can to try and repeal and replace this thing. And ultimately, I think 2013 is when it will be done the right way," he added.

The health care law is a signature achievement for Obama's first term in office, and he would most certainly veto any legislation that attempts to repeal it.

Republicans campaigned against the bill as well as Democrats' handling of the weak economy. They won a sizable majority in the House and took six Senate seats from the Democratic majority. Democrats defended the health legislation arguing it puts an end to insurance companies discriminating against pre-existing conditions and charging higher premiums for women.

Obama to blame for politics?

WASHINGTON – A top Republican refused yesterday to rule out the possibility of a government shutdown next year over growing federal deficits — but said if there were one, President Barack Obama would bear responsibility.

House of Representa-tives Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., said it's up to Obama to work with Republicans since they won the House from Obama's Democrats, vowing to slash spending and shrink government. "The presi-dent's got a responsibility as much or more so than Congress to make sure that we are continuing to function in a way that the people want," he said.

 
 
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