The Likelihood of Repealing Health-Care Reform

By Varney and Co

As President Obama’s new health-care plan is rolled out, America’s mood on health care is changing. According to Rasmussen Reports, 56% of voters now favor repeal of the controversial law.

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Republicans hope to gain enough seats in the House and Senate during the Midterm Elections to push through legislation that could stop pieces of the new health care law from being enacted. Galen Institute Founder Grace-Marie Turner joined Varney and Company to discuss the possibility.

“It’s really unlikely that they could get the numbers to override a Presidential Veto,” said Turner. “They have to have a lot different strategies to shine a light on the serious implications and the problems that are going to be caused inside and outside the health sector by this legislation.”

Critics say that repealing the legislation would be next to impossible as it has already been passed into law. And while many states already have lawsuits against the health-care law, it is unclear as to how much power they have in changing the existing legislation.

Turner explained some possible ways the Republicans could block the law.

“They [Republicans] need to de-fund it. John Boehner, the Republican leader in the house, has already said that they’re going to target specific things that are hugely unpopular like this army of IRS agents that are going to be needed to implement and to enforce Obamacare,” said Turner. “They can say we’re not going to fund the changes needed for the [health] exchanges.”

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While the Republicans will have a hard time gaining majority in the Senate, many pollsters and experts say a Republican House majority is quite possible.

“They are not going to be able to repeal all of Obamacare. But they can begin to dismantle it and take it apart,” said Turner.