Even as House Democrats search for the votes to send the bill to President Obama, dozens of Republican lawmakers and candidates have signed a pledge to back an effort to repeal the bill, should the GOP take control of either house of Congress after this fall’s elections.
Started by the conservative activist group Club for Growth, the “Repeal It” movement first won the backing in January of some of the most conservative Republicans in Congress, such as “tea party” favorite Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). It has since expanded to include some of the party’s Senate candidates in liberal-leaning states such as New Hampshire and Illinois.
Congressional Republicans are currently battling the Democrats over the House procedures they could use to pass the health-care bill. But they are promising this fall to continue the spirited debate over the substance of the bill that has dominated the last year on Capitol Hill. And the repeal will likely be a key issue, even as lawmakers on both sides acknowledge any repeal would be highly unlikely as long as President Obama remains in office, as he could veto any such legislation.