Reid: Obamacare 'Is Not Going to Be Repealed;" GOP 'Should Get a New Lease on Life and Talk About Something Else'

By Nicholas Ballasy | January 6, 2011 | 5:58 PM EST

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid displays a pocket-size copy of the Constitution on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 (Screenshot: C-SPAN)

( - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday that the “misguided" House Republicans “have to understand that the health care bill is not going to be repealed” and that they “should get a new lease on life and talk about something else.”

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has suggested that every appropriations bill passed by the Republican-majority House this year should include language specifically prohibiting any funding for implementing the health-care legislation, which President Barack Obama signed last year.

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Reid did not directly answer the question about whether he would shut down the government rather than having the Senate approve appropriations bills that prohibted funding of Obamacare. However, he did say: “The Republicans have to understand that the health care bill is not going to be repealed. News commentators, not editorial writers, not pundits, the people who report the news recognize it’s not going to be repealed. I’ve mentioned just a few of the things that we have going now with the new health care bill. It’s really good for the American people.”

“To show how misguided the new House Republicans are, for a long, long time anything that was done that had any money connected with it, had to have a CBO score,” Reid said. “They rejected that. They said no longer are we going to be bound by that--they, the Republicans. That’s why these numbers we got from the CBO--repealing health care? It’s not going to save money. It’s going to cost, create huge amounts of money.”

Reid was referring to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate that said repealing the health care legislation signed into law by President Obama last March would add $230 billion to the deficit by 2021.

“So, are we saying the health care bill is perfect? Of course not,” said Reid. “That’s why the 1099, we’ve worked on a bipartisan basis to fix some of those things. We’re willing to work in any way that’s constructive in nature to improve the health care delivery system for our country. But repealing health care? They should get a new lease on life and talk about something else.”