Is repealing health care about health, or presidential election?
Rep. Steve King discussed how part of the goal of the bill is to elect a new president in 2012.
January 18th, 2011
08:51 AM ET

Is repealing health care about health, or presidential election?

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, a republican from Iowa and Representative Michele Bachmann, a republican from Minnesota.

The bill's goal is 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 among 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.

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soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Mike

    (I give up, it just won't let me post anymore. Had a reply, but it won't show up.)

    January 18, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    You mention regulating and mandating industry as if this is what governments (politicians) WANT to do. If the industry was working correctly to begin with, this bill would never exist. If the insurance companies weren't so shady in dropping people, and flat out refusing to provide coverage to others, then we wouldn't be talking about this right now. You don't hear politicians crying out for grocery regulation. If politicians wanted to regulate industry for the sake of regulation, you would hear about it much more.

    January 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Public

    interesting debates and arguements above.But when it comes down to it.. you sound like our congress,selfgloating and inept.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scotty

    Mike, how about this aspect of the bill, why do you suppose the IRS is the enforcing agency of this bill? Surly you understand a runaway abuse of power when you see it.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Huh? Are you suggesting that simply because the IRS is involved it's a runaway abuse of power? That's a pretty general statement. Give me facts, figures. Lead me from A to B to C to D to E. You are going from A to Z without telling me how you got there. Explain it to me. You may be right. But right now, you are insinuating that simply because the IRS is connected to the bill, it's a runaway abuse of power.

      January 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
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