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Friday, January 7, 2011

House Republicans Go Into Repeal Mode

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., speaks to the media about repealing President Barack Obama's health care law on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, accompanied by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., speaks to the media about repealing President Barack Obama's health care law on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP)

Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives today moved forward with plans to repeal health care reform. The Congressional Budget Office says repealing the massive overhaul would add $230 billion to the deficit, but GOP leaders say they doubt those figures.

After health care, Republicans plan to take aim at financial reform. Tea Party leader Michele Bachman (R-MN) likened the reform to a government power grab and says it hurts businesses. But any repeal passed in the House is unlikely to make it through the Democratic-controlled Senate. Donovan Slack of the Boston Globe joins us with a Washington update.


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  • Wynn Avocette

    Jan 7th show on Immigration.

    You asked for comments.

    I’m so glad Arizona is doing this. We give our citizenship away too easily, esp. now since we really don’t need any more people in America (like during the industrial revolution when we needed large numbers of immigration labor).

    We currently have the labor force to do all jobs if it were organized more efficiently.

    I’m a Democrat, but I advocate much stricter immigration policy. It’s not about “being nice”, it’s about protecting our own citizens, tax base, job and educational opportunities. We’ve got to stop being stupid.

  • Kramer

    Dear Ms. Robin Young and Here & Now Staff,
    I wanted to post a ‘quick’ comment before listening to the show (I’m on the CA coast, working at local Monterey NPR station KAZU).

    I am concerned now that the GOP took control of the House, not because I am a Democrat (I choose not to associate with any parties due to political bashing reasons), but because after spending about two years being “force-fed” facts and bills from a Democratic Congress, where overhauls were passed to ‘better’ American life and politics, now a Republican Congress has vowed to change everything back again, or even worse, to something new.

    I fear our Congress is passing things, and bringing specifics up for debate for their own self profit (to keep them in office, so to say) rather than the bettering of the American economy.

    Thank you for you time.

    - Kramer from Monterey KAZU

  • donovan flisram

    I’m not sure I understand the point of including the Boston Globe’s journalist comments in your story “House Republicans Go Into Repeal Mode”. Although I generally agreed with what she had to say, I thought such journalists were supposed to at least attempt to avoid appearing partisan.
    Furthermore, could your program edit said comments so that we don’t have to hear “you know” over and over again? I understand not everyone you interview will be as polished a speaker as someone who broadcasts professionally, but it’s hard for me to take someone seriously when they use such fillers incesantly Yes, I am a prude!

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