The House’s newly installed Republican leaders are gearing up to vote to repeal the health-care law enacted last year. Repeal is expected to clear the House. But observers say the legislation probably will languish in the Senate, which is still under Democrats’ control. If that scenario plays out, Republicans’ backup plan is to try to remove pieces of the huge health-care measure. But that also may hit roadblocks in the Senate and at the White House.
Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters on Jan. 4 that Republicans want to make repealing what he termed the “job-killing” health- care law a top priority. Cantor says a vote will take place during the week of Jan. 10. He also says the new GOP leadership will direct committee chairs who have jurisdiction over health care to draw up a replacement bill that would provide “the kind of health care that people want.”