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July 15, 2013

HOWEY: Coats skeptical Obamacare can be repealed



Stutzman described a “crescendo” of resistance,” adding, “consumers will find this isn’t exactly what they thought it would be.”

Republicans and Tea Party affiliates are already taking aim to create a collapse of public support. Americans For Prosperity has launched a $1 million TV ad campaign in swing states to destabilize support for Obamacare.

House Republicans are working up a number of votes to codify the Obama administration’s employer delay and then demand a similar one on the individual mandate. “Is it fair for the President of the United States to give American businesses an exemption from his health care law’s mandates without giving the same exemption to the rest of America?” asked House Speaker John Boehner. “Hell no, it’s not fair.” 

The difference between 1989 and now is that Obama is president and will be for three and a half more years.

Coats cites the President’s obstruction of the medical device tax repeal, which passed the Senate with 79 votes, including 24 Democrats. “That’s 79 out of 100 support the repeal of the medical device tax,” Coats said of the tax that is hitting Indiana firms like Cook Group, ZimmerUSA, DePuy and Biomet. “The White House wants nothing to do with that. We have the ability to override the veto on it, but Harry Reid has instructions: ‘Don’t you ever bring that up for a vote’ because that begins the unraveling of” Obamacare.

In explaining his votes for total repeal, Coats went further than many Republicans, saying, “I’ve also said we have to have a total proposal to replace. We can’t just say, kill health care and go back to the status quo. Frankly we don’t have that yet.”

The other scenario that Republicans suggest is that if a Republican president is elected in 2016 along with two Republican chambers in Congress, Obamacare can be scrapped then.

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