Hoyer Personally Opposes Repealing Obamacare; Won’t Say If He’ll Ask Other Democratic Members and Candidates to Pledge to Oppose Repeal

By Matt Cover | September 24, 2010 | 10:20 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., at a ‘Healthcare Thank You Rally’ on Capitol Hill on Thursday, May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(CNSNews.com) - After House Republicans released a campaign document yesterday pledging to repeal Obamacare, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told CNSNews.com that he personally opposes repealing the health-care law passed by Congress in March, but neither he nor his spokesman would say whether the Democratic leader would ask other Democratic House members and candidates to pledge to oppose repeal.

“The GOP today pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act and I wanted to know if you would pledge to defend it and keep it around, and, then, if you would ask Democratic members and candidates to make the same pledge?” CNSNews.com asked Hoyer.

“I’m not for repeal,” Hoyer said.

CNSNews.com followed up: “So will you pledge to—"

Hoyer’s spokesman Daniel Reilly interrupted at that point and said, “I just sent you something on this.” Reilly was referring to the response he had sent to an email inquiry from CNSNews.com that had asked whether Hoyer was pledging to oppose repeal of Obamacare and whether Hoyer would ask other Democratic House members and candidates to pledge to oppose repeal.

The email that Reilly had sent, however, was not responsive to the question. It said in its entirety: “Democrats support putting American families--not insurance companies--in control of their own health care and ending the worst insurance company abuses like dropping patients when they get sick. The question is why don't Republicans?”

In a follow-up email, CNSNews.com asked Reilly again whether Hoyer would call on fellow Democratic House members and Democratic candidates to pledge to oppose repeal of the health-care law. In response to this email, Reilly merely referred CNSNews.com back to his initial email statement.

On Thursday, House Republicans released a document they called “A Pledge to America.” It said: “We will repeal President Obama’s government takeover of health care and replace it with common-sense reforms focused on strengthening the doctor-patient relationship.”