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Senate GOP, Conservative Groups Split on Obamacare Repeal Timing

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Mar 2012 02:00 PM

Most Republicans agree that the healthcare reform law of 2010 should be overturned. But Senate Republicans and some conservative groups differ on the strategy to get there, The Hill reports.

The groups want Senate Republicans to push for a vote on repealing Obamacare, but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is resisting. That’s because the Senate Republican Conference itself is divided on the issue. Some Republican senators worry that voting again on total repeal would offer political protection to vulnerable Democrats, who would have the opportunity to reverse their support for Obamacare before facing re-election in November.

One group, the Restore America’s Voice Foundation, plans to spend $50,000 to $100,000 a week on national television ads urging Senate Republicans to push for a repeal vote.

“We’re going to ask our supporters in national television ads to get in touch with Republican senators and remind them what people want them to do,” the group’s chairman, Ken Hoagland, told The Hill.

“If we have to stop trying to convince Democrats of the flaws of the law and pause for a moment to talk to Republican senators, that’s what we’ll do.”

Last week, Hoagland said McConnell should resign as minority leader if he won’t pledge to force a vote on full repeal. After that, McConnell’s chief of staff promised Hoagland that his boss is fully committed to an overturn.

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