House GOP on Obamacare Repeal: ‘Democrats Will Join With Us’

By Elizabeth Harrington | July 10, 2012 | 1:15 PM EDT

( – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promised that the House vote to repeal the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, will be bipartisan because of the law’s apparently negative  impact on small businesses, stressing that some Democrats will vote to repeal the law.

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“We’ll repeal Obamacare and when you watch the vote and you look at the news, it’s not just Republicans voting to repeal Obamacare, you’ll find Democrats will join with us,” McCarthy said during a press conference with the House leadership on Tuesday. “The bipartisan vote will be on the repeal because they’re hearing back home from the small businesses.”

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on repeal legislation of Obamacare on Wednesday, July 11.  Back on June 28, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that most of the law was constitutional, including its mandate that all Americans must carry insurance or pay a penalty. This was defined by Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion, who wrote that “the shared responsibility payment may for constitutional purposes be considered a tax, not a penalty.”

An early draft of the 2,000-plus-page health care bill. (AP Photo)

McCarthy said that lagging small business growth is harming the economy, and he promised that more pro-growth reforms will garner Democratic votes.

“You’ll find that we’ll end and pull back on the regulations,” he said.  “The uncertainty is one of the greatest factors that harm growth of small business.  And then stopping the tax hike.”

“All those will be bipartisan,” he said.

“We’ve heard from former president Bill Clinton, we even heard from our own president back in 2009 not to raise taxes at this time,” McCarthy said.  “We know he changed his word again.  We are focused on creation of small business and jobs across America, and you’ll find that throughout the entire month.”

The Affordable Care Act passed in March of 2010 with no votes from Republicans in either the House or Senate.

President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a tax increase for those making more than $250,000, and a one-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for everyone else.  In 2009 the President said, “The last thing you want to do is to raise taxes in the middle of a recession.”

“You don't raise taxes in a recession,” Obama said in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.  “We haven't raised taxes in a recession. ... We have not proposed a tax hike for the wealthy that would take effect in the middle of a recession.”

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