Senator Chuck Schumer appeared on Face the Nation to discuss the Republican effort to repeal healthcare reform. Convinced that the American people want Congress to focus on jobs and the economy, Schumer defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid‘s decision not to waste time bringing the repeal bill up for a vote.
Schumer also revealed the Democratic defensive strategy if Republicans in the Senate are able to raise the issue of repeal through an amendment process:
“We will require them to vote on the individual protections in the bill, that are very popular. And that even some of the new Republican House members have said they support. So in the end, their repeal bill is going to be so full of holes it looks like swiss cheese.”
The effort to repeal won’t work at all, Schumer predicted, because the “rush to recall the entire bill which almost all Americans believe have good parts” does not reflect the fact that only 20% voters want full repeal. Although it’s likely the “bad parts” of healthcare reform are what pays for the “good parts,” the reality is with President Obama ready to wield a veto pen at a moment’s notice, debating the intricacies or contemplating the likelihood of a successful repeal are likely premature.
Watch the clip from CBS below:
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