The repeal Obamacare pledge 

Robert Pear of the New York Times reports that House Republican leaders are determined to vote to repeal Obamacare and, knowing that Barack Obama would veto such a bill, are “determined to chip away at the law if they could not repeal it.” Will their members back them up? That’s the hope of Independent Women’s Voice, which has launched a Repeal Pledge which it’s asking members of Congress to sign. The text of the candidates’ pledge (there’s another text for ordinary voters):

“I pledge to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.*

“To that end, I do now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal.

“I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes.

“*The healthcare bill is defined as consisting of: 1) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), signed into law on March 23, 2010; and 2) The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), signed into law on March 30, 2010.”

IWV hopes this will have the same kind of influence as Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer’s Protection Pledge, which has solidified opposition to tax increases in Congress and state legislatures over the years. It will be interesting to see how many Republican candidates for Congress sign—or refuse to sign—and whether some of the Democrats who vote against Obamacare do so, especially those who have run ads bragging about that vote.

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