Health Care Repeal Still on Republican Radar
The fact that some Republicans are looking to the Continuing Resolution for their next health care repeal move shouldn't lead people to think the strategy is set in stone. What's more, Republicans might not even get a vote on repeal this time around.
Roll Call reported (subscription needed) Tuesday that GOPers are as hot as ever to repeal President Obama's signature law that turned a year old this week, despite the fact that slashing spending has been the story of the day.
Long-term CR talks are ongoing, and a repeal effort would have to come in the form (once again) of an amendment. It's not clear, however, that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., would even allow amendments -- particularly if he, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, the White House, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., can come to an agreement on a CR that funds the government for the rest of the year.
Still, some Republicans are making it clear that despite the lack of talk, health care repeal is still on the radar.
One of the biggest proponents of repeal is staunch conservative and Tea Party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C. He's been mentioned as a potential 2012 GOP contender and is heading to First in the Nation Iowa this weekend to keynote an event for conservative activists ahead of the next election cycle. There's little doubt repeal will be part of the conversation.