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        Soon after the 112th Congress convenes Wednesday, Republicans in
the House plan to make good on a campaign promise that helped vault many
new members to victory: voting to repeal President Obama's health care
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The vote, which Republican leaders pledged would occur before the
president's State of the Union address later this month, is intended both
to appeal to the Tea Party-influenced factions of the House Republican
base and to emphasize the muscle of the new party in power. But it could
also produce an unintended consequence: a chance for Democrats once again
to try their case in support of the health care overhaul before the
American public.Democrats, who in many cases looked on the law as a rabid
beast best avoided in the fall elections, are reversing course, gearing
up for a coordinated all-out effort to preserve and defend it. Under the
law, they say, consumers are already receiving tangible benefits that
Republicans would snatch away.House Democrats will get help from allies
in the Senate, who can stop any repeal, and at the White House, where
officials hope to transform the law from a political liability into an
asset, a centerpiece of President Obama's expected bid for re-
election.Health care is only one item on an aggressive agenda of
Republicans eager to distinguish themselves quickly from the House that
was run by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Many seem to have latched on to "Undo
It" the hit by the country singer Carrie Underwood, as the refrain for
their planned attack against legislation that grew out of the 111th
Congress, when the Democrats were at the helm in both chambers.The health
care law, entitlement programs, new limits on emissions of greenhouse
gases from oil refineries and power plants, and other legislation that
Republicans say cannot be justified by a strict interpretation of the
Constitution — a document the new leaders plan to read on the House
floor on Thursday — are all in the cross hairs.While President Obama
and Republicans were able to work together during last month's lame-duck
session — to the vocal consternation of the most partisan ends of each
party's base — to pass a tax package and a variety of last-minute
legislation, including the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy
and the ratification of the anti-nuclear proliferation treaty with
Russia, such bipartisan consensus seems unlikely at the outset of the new
House session.Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, who is in line to
succeed Ms. Pelosi, has said that this time around he would lead efforts
to revive the private sector by reducing the size of government —
cutting federal regulation, taxes and spending, including the budget of
Congress itself.Mr. Boehner also said Republicans would alter House rules
to make it easier to curb government spending and to require more public
disclosure about the work of the House.A flat-out repeal of the health
care law would face a steep hurdle in the Senate, where Democrats still
cling to a diminished majority, and would most certainly be vetoed by
President Obama. But Representative Fred Upton of Michigan, the incoming
chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said the House
action would not be merely symbolic. "If we pass this bill with a sizable
vote, and I think that we will, it will put enormous pressure on the
Senate to do perhaps the same thing," Mr. Upton said on "Fox News
Sunday." "But then, after that, we're going to go after this bill piece
by piece."Certainly as a political matter, the House debate may be the
first battle in the new era of divided government, with each side
struggling to present itself as the voters' voice on an issue that has
deeply divided the country."Many of the incoming Republican congressmen
campaigned on the platform that included repealing Obamacar e,"
Representative Doug Lamborn, Republican of Colorado, said in an
interview. "This was the biggest mistake made by the 111th Congress."The
repeal effort is part of a multipronged systematic strategy that House
Republican leaders say will include trying to cut off money for the law,
summoning Obama administration officials to testify at investigative
hearings and encouraging state officials to attack the law in court as
unconstitutional.For House Republicans, a repeal vote would also be an
important, if largely symbolic, opening salvo against the president, his
party and his policy agenda."Obamacare didn't lower costs and does not
allow people to keep the care they have if they like it, as the president
promised," said Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Representative Eric
Cantor, Republican of Virginia, the incoming House majority leader.
"There will be a straight vote to repeal it prior to the State of the
Union," expected in late January.Representative Michele Bachmann,
Republican of Minnesota, said: "It's important that we repeal Obamacare
as soon as possible because it is already harming the economy and killing
jobs. Employers are seeing their costs for providing health insurance
skyrocket, and that's causing them to hold off on hiring and job
creation."Ms. Bachmann had introduced a bill to repeal the health care
overhaul in March, a day before it was signed into law.         <!--

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