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January 18th, 2011
07:28 AM ET

Next on the House Floor: 'Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law'

The House of Representatives begins debate this morning on H.R. 2 or as its named, "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." Co-sponsored by Representative Steve King, R, Iowa and Representative Michele Bachmann, R, Minnesota, the bill hopes to repeal President Obama's health care reform legislation of last year. But with President Obama still in office and sure to veto any legislation the bill seems largely a symbolic effort.

Even amongst the public, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out this morning shows that Obama's approval rating is up five points since last month and support for repealing isn't overwhelming.

Before the debate begins, Rep. Steve King joins T.J. Holmes on American Morning defending the bill and saying the effort is all in hopes of electing a new president in 2012.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • GOP • Health care
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Average American

    How much of a kickback is Obama getting from the insurance companies for forcing Americans to buy health care insurance?

    January 19, 2011 at 7:34 am |
  2. sean

    I just watched the softball Kiran-Ron Paul interview and this is one of the reasons people have abandoned CNN. She asked him the most softball questions and didn't challenge any inaccurate things he said. You only needed to ask one question. Why do you accept government health care (which we subsidize big time) when he wants to deny us the same coverage? He's a hypocrite and you failed to ask him about it. No wonder you guys bleed viewers to Fox and MSNBC.

    January 19, 2011 at 7:27 am |
  3. Average American

    Should repeal the corrupt ObamaCare and install a system that is fair for all Americans. Get the insurance companies out of the health care business totally.

    January 19, 2011 at 6:09 am |
  4. John Richard

    Gotta love the way the republicans phrase this one, ie "Repealing the jobs Killing Health Care Law". How about repealing the "Make the rich richer on the backs of the poor tax cut extensions that Bush put into effect YEARS before the economy took a tank and therefore OBVIOUSLY won't revive the economy and will drive the federal deficit up like a rocket for the next two years while congress sits on it's rear end and does nothing" law. The republicans DO NOT have a plan to solve anything. What they have is truck load of polarizing rhetotic designed to win elections by duping the less informed. I'll be more than happy to give up my $6.75 per paycheck to see the billionaires pay their fair share for once in this country.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  5. Beth Gore

    As a health insurance agent I feel betrayed by the Obama health care act.

    The first reaction of the insurance companies ie Aetna,Cigna,Humana in Florida was to cut agents commissions in half. On top of that they did it retroactive to last August.That means in time there will be no health insurance agents to help clients with their search for the right insurance and at claim time when a claim is denied.

    I personally dealt with 2 insurance companies this year about my cancer insurance and both companies representatives in their claims dept told me I was not covered. Since I am an agent I knew better but someone with cancer and sick and old would probably just hang up and think they are not covered.An agent would assist them in dealing with the Insurance company.

    Nothing in this bill spells out what Health Insurance Companies should or should not do to to arrive at the numbers requested. This was a major oversight and should be addressed.

    What this act has done is cut thousands of agents income in half and therefore their spending power. It will lead to bad debts,foreclosures business leases being broken to name a few of the obvious results.

    I voted for Obama but when I see how little thought went into this bill I am outraged.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  6. Tony

    He keeps referring to the states when TJ ask about idividual components of the Healthcare Bill. Currently, the states are referring to the federal government for assistance. So, it seem very odd that he thinks states would pick up the charge and cost of those components. In essense, he is saying, if he has any intellect, he does not care about the sick! I dont love the Healthcare bill bc it does nothing to control cost (Public Option). However, don't say get rid of something and don't propose the alternative! UGH!

    January 18, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  7. Al Tucker

    Republicans like Steve King go on TV and all they do is express a negative agenda. "Repeal Obomacare" "Defund provisions" "Replace him in 2014". Negative negative negative! And they WIN on this? What are they going to DO? Americans without insurance will get WHAT from them? Americans with pre-existing conditions can look forward to what relief from them? What vision do they have? Sure you can destroy (or try at least), but they are incapable of LEADING!

    January 18, 2011 at 8:14 am |
  8. Tod Hale

    Flounder, not Bluto

    January 18, 2011 at 7:41 am |