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Two Top Republicans: Not Much Chance to Repeal Obamacare

By    |   Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:27 PM

Two top Republicans say there's little chance Obamacare will be repealed over the next two years, an assertion that has rattled some conservatives.

"I would imagine there will be a vote on repeal, but . . . let's be realistic, Barack Obama is still going to be in the White House for another two years, and he is not going to sign that," Sen. John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, said in an interview Wednesday with public radio station WPBI, BuzzFeed reports.

"I want to put things on his desk that he would actually give true consideration to signing, because they're good for our economy, they'll get people working again, and they'll help move the country forward."

Barrasso, who is a medical doctor, said there's already bipartisan support to remove the 30-hour work week regulations that "have been harmful to school districts, to teachers, to take-home pay," as well as "the employer mandate on healthcare, and to eliminating or delaying those components."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered similar remarks during an interview on Fox News on Tuesday, and like, Barrasso, said he would push to repeal the law's tax on medical devices — which a number of Democratic senators already support — and to narrow its mandate on which workers must be covered.

Yet that stance riled some conservatives, National Public Radio reports.

"This is why nobody believes Mitch McConnell anymore," Mary Vought, spokeswoman for the Senate Conservatives Fund, told NPR.

"He says he wants to rip Obamacare out 'root and branch,' but then flips days before his election and says he plans to surrender."

Dan Holler, a spokesman for the political wing of the Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action, said the GOP has to make clear what it's for, and "that is not going to happen if they sit there and make excuses about [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid or Barack Obama. They need to be proactive about putting out an agenda."

NPR notes that should Republicans take control of the Senate, McConnell will be looking at a 2016 Senate map in which seven GOP incumbents face re-election in states carried twice by Obama, and two more from states Obama won once.

"If they're worried about how the Senate races come down in 2016, the best thing they can do is go on offense by putting out compelling policy solutions to the problems that are facing a lot of Americans," Holler told NPR.

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