House Republicans are pushing full speed ahead for the repeal of Obamacare. Rather than trying to sift through the president's "comprehensive" overhaul and separate the morsels of wheat from the warehouses of chaff, the Republicans will wisely repeal the whole thing and start over. If there's anything worth keeping from the 2,700-page monstrosity, the GOP will include it in its separate replacement legislation.
This is essentially the approach that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has inadvertently recommended. As Sebelius noted shortly before the overhaul's passage, Obamacare isn't really conducive to being accepted in part or rejected in part: "I think the president remains committed to the notion that we have to have a comprehensive approach, because the pieces of the puzzle are too closely tied to one another" to allow for piecemeal acceptance or rejection of them. Sebelius added, "Pieces of the puzzle are necessarily tied together if you have a comprehensive approach."
The Republicans agree.
The Hill reports: "House Republicans are pursuing a full repeal of healthcare reform while addressing issues in the law, such as pre-existing conditions and allowing young people to stay on their parents' insurance plan, in their replacement bill. Both provisions are in current law, but Republicans would deal with them differently than Democrats did in the bill that passed earlier this year."
"Speaking to more than 100 students at American University," the Hill reports, "[Rep. Eric] Cantor said, 'What you will see us do is to push for repeal of the healthcare bill, and at the same time, contemporaneously, submit our replacement bill, that has in it the provisions [barring discrimination due to pre-existing conditions and offering young people affordable care options].'" A spokesman for Cantor adds that the Virginia congressman, who will become the House's number-two man in January, "supports nothing less than the full and complete repeal of that bill." In this, Cantor reflects the desires of the vast majority of Americans, nearly 60 percent of whom want Obamacare to be repealed.