Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and Steve King of Iowa on Wednesday introduced legislation, H.R. 141, to repeal “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010” — also known as Obamacare.
The two have spearheaded the charge to repeal President Barack Obama’s health-care plan since it passed, and the repeal legislation is expected to come up for a vote on the House floor next Wednesday. In a joint statement, King and Bachmann said the repeal of Obamacare could take until 2012 to accomplish.
“While we both expect to celebrate the passage of an Obamacare repeal bill in the House of Representatives next week, we understand that the effort to repeal the bill does not end with that vote,” King and Bachmann said in a statement. “In fact, it is possible that the effort to fully repeal Obamacare will not be successful until America has a president who is willing to sign a repeal bill into law.”
Some Republicans have predicted they could garner enough Democratic support in the House and the Senate for an override of Obama’s expected veto on any repeal that makes it to him. But since Republicans only have 47 Senate seats, the Senate is unlikely to vote for the repeal, never mind the two-thirds vote needed for a veto override.
Also, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is expected to fight to keep any repeal legislation from being considered in the Senate.