Schumer: Obamacare Repeal Bill Will Fail

Monday, 24 Jan 2011 11:50 AM

By Jim Meyers

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Sen. Charles Schumer vows that the Obamacare repeal bill passed by the House will look like “Swiss cheese” by the time the Senate is finished with it.
Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said on Sunday that he will use parliamentary procedure to insure that Republican Senators get to vote on the repeal bill.

schumer, obamacare, repealSchumer, a New York Democrat, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday: “Mitch McConnell has the right to offer an amendment. If he does, if the Republicans offer an amendment on the floor, then we will require them to vote on the individual protections in the bill that are very popular and that even some of the new Republican House members have said they support.
“So in the end, their repeal bill is going to be so full of holes it looks like Swiss cheese.”

Schumer cited several provisions in the healthcare reform bill that Democrats would compel Republicans to vote on, including the $250 doughnut hole rebates for prescription drug benefits that seniors received last year, and free check-ups for seniors on Medicare.

He claimed that “almost all Americans” believe the reform bill has good parts and that only 20 percent favor full repeal. “So I think, at the end of the day, their effort to repeal is not going to work at all,” Schumer added. “If they try it, they’re going to learn that.”

Nevertheless, Republican Sen. John McCain said the Senate needs to vote on the bill “because we promised the people we would” repeal and replace, The Hill newspaper reported.

“We have to have a vote on repeal so that everybody is on record whether they want to repeal. And then I think piece by piece we go through, quote, replacing.”

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