Republicans Line Up Bills to Repeal Health Care Reform

Posted March 22, 2010 at 11:43am

Updated: 1:07 p.m.

Republicans in both chambers scrambled Monday to file legislation that would repeal the health care overhaul cleared by the House just hours earlier.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) both announced plans to introduce bills to repeal what they referred to as “Obamacare.” DeMint vowed to file legislation this week; King didn’t say when to expect his proposal.

DeMint called the overhaul an “arrogant power grab” and a “trillion-dollar assault on our freedoms.” Unless the law is repealed, “it will force Americans to purchase Washington-approved health plans or face stiff penalties. It will fund abortions, raise taxes and insurance premiums, while reducing health care choices and quality,” he said.

House Democrats voted late Sunday to clear the Senate version of health care reform, which President Barack Obama is expected to sign into law this week. The Senate still has to act on a package of fixes that Obama is waiting to sign.

“The American people must take their country back by methodically eliminating every vestige of creeping socialism, including socialized medicine. The Pelosi Democrats will pay a price for their overreach. This fight is far from over,” King said in a statement.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned that Democrats who voted for the overhaul are in store for tough political consequences in the midterm elections.

“We’re going to try to repeal this, and we are going to have a very spirited campaign coming up between now and November. And there will be a very heavy price to pay for it,” McCain said Monday on “Good Morning America.”