‘Top Line’ — Republican Senator on Obama’s Big Moment: ‘This is Not Over’

Mar 23, 2010 2:11pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: President Obama today signed the health care bill into law with what might be a touch of wishful thinking: That the heated rhetoric over health care will fade away, now that legislation is in place. On ABC’s “Top Line” today, we discussed the likely political fallout with Republican strategist Kevin Madden — who said the politics still has a ways to go in this debate. AndSen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, served notice that Republicans don’t intend to go quietly now that the president has gotten his bill. “I have a message for the president: This is not over. This is just beginning,” Risch told us. “This thing is a long ways from being over. We Republicans want to do what the American people want, and that is they want real health care reform that’s going to reduce their costs. This bill doesn’t do it.” He also said Republicans will continue to press for repealing the bill — though not all of it. “There’s some things in this bill that we Republicans really like,” he said.” You know, pool purchasing, portability — those are the kinds of things that are really important to Americans. I believe in repeal of the vast majority of that bill, but I really think we should leave in place the things that are good.” Watch the “Top Line” segment with Kevin Madden HERE.

And watch the interview with Sen. Jim Risch HERE.

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