Democratic Congressmen On Obamacare: 'Let's Have This Debate About Repeal'

By Nicholas Ballasy | September 23, 2010 | 5:07 PM EDT

( - When responding to the House Republicans “Pledge to America” agenda announced on Thursday, which includes repealing President Obama’s health care law, Congressman Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) welcomed the debate over repealing the legislation.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden react to cheers as they arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 23, 2010, for the signing ceremony for the health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“There are obviously many things that people want to improve in the bill and we’re always open minded about that but let’s have this debate about repeal,” said Congressman Andrews on the steps of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington.

He continued, “When the other side says they want to replace and repeal, what they’re replacing and repealing is basic protection for Americans that Americans support.”

Democratic Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.) acknowledged that the health care law is not “perfect” but said she will continue to defend the bill in its current form. During the press conference, asked Schultz, “As the Vice Chair of the DNC, Congresswomen Schultz, do you pledge to defend the health care bill through the upcoming election – as is with no proposed changes – the bill as is?”

“Oh, I proudly campaigned for, supported and voted for the health care reform legislation. The major reforms are kicking in today, some that would benefit people with pre-existing conditions, like myself,” Schultz, a breast cancer survivor, told

“I have been campaigning across the country and in my district on those reforms. We’ve said all along it’s not a perfect document and we want to make sure that as we move forward and the reforms kick in over the next few years that we make revisions.”

House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) has vowed to do “everything” he can to repeal the health care legislation if the GOP takes back the majority in the House.




“I am committed to doing everything that I can do and our team can do to prevent Obamacare from being implemented. I believe that this bill will ruin the best health care system in the world and I believe that it will bankrupt our country. Now, when I say everything, I mean everything,” Boehner said.