Health Care Reform Repeal, Name Unchanged, Coming Next Week 

The House will resume its regular work schedule next week, including a bill to repeal the nation's health care reform law.

Action on the measure, and all other business, was cancelled this week in response to the shooting in Tucson that killed six and injured 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

But Republicans want to get back to business, though it remains to be seen if it will be business as usual, with all the partisan bickering that characterizes much of the debate on major legislation.

The two sides have signaled they may tone down the fighting, but Democrats are staunchly opposed to repealing the law, while Republicans campaigned on a pledge to get rid of it. This gaping philosophical divide practically guarantees the two sides will be on the attack, despite civility pledges made this week in the wake of the shootings.

A top aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-VA., had this to say:

"As the White House noted, it is important for Congress to get back to work, and to that end we will resume thoughtful consideration of the health care bill next week. Americans have legitimate concerns about the cost of the new health care law and its effect on the ability to grow jobs in our country. It is our expectation that the debate will continue to focus on those substantive policy differences surrounding the new law."

Republicans say they have no plans to change the name of the bill, "Repealing the Job Killing Health Care Reform Act," despite Democratic criticism that it should not include the word "killing."

 

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