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Rove: Battle Over Obamacare 'Far From Over'

By    |   Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 12:49 PM

The battle over Obamacare is "far from over," since Republicans will likely take their majority in Congress and pass legislation to make changes to the healthcare law, Republican strategist Karl Rove told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

However, Congress could vote to repeal Obamacare after President Barack Obama sends his budget to Congress, Rove predicted.

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"I think we're likely to see a repeal measure come through the House and Senate pretty quickly and go to the president," Rove, who served as deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, said Thursday.

"I'm sure he's going to veto it. But, it will be a sign to him that this battle is far from over, and that the House and Senate are going to be chipping away at this every way they can over the next two years."

Rove explained Congress could begin early next year to pass "specific measures to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act," such as "redefining a full-time worker, not as somebody who works 30 hours, but somebody who works 40 hours."

Rove said it was "chutzpah" for White House spokesman Josh Earnest to blame Republicans over transparency about Obamacare, since the law was responsible for "$500 billion in new taxes," when originally it was presented as saving money for American families.

"It's Republicans who have been less than forthright and transparent about what their proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act would do, in terms of the choices that are available to middle class families," Earnest said Thursday.

Earnest made the claim in response to revelations about comments made by Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber, who suggested a lack of transparency was "a huge political advantage" in getting the healthcare law passed.

"They exploited what they called the basic lack of economic understanding by the American voter time and time and time again when they wrote this law," Rove said.
Claims like Gruber's were why Obamacare continued to be unpopular with Americans, Rove suggested.

"The American people understand that it was sold to them, sold to the country, with a series of statements, which many of us knew at the time were not true, and which a lot of people know today were not true," he said.

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The battle over Obamacare is "far from over," since Republicans will likely take their majority in Congress and pass legislation to make changes to the healthcare law, Republican strategist Karl Rove told Fox News' America's Newsroom.
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