Though repeal of the entire health care law seems less unlikely, Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., said today that Republicans would continue to “chip away” at the legislation, just as they did with the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, or Class, program.
Calling it the un-Affordable Care Act, Gingrey admitted that getting Congress to repeal the act would be difficult, because “even if you had 60 Republicans it’s possibly that one or two would not go along with that.”
Last week, the Obama administration announced the portion of the Affordable Care Act that dealt with long-term care for older Americans was not viable.
“So we’re gonna do everything in our power to continue to fight this bill,” Gingrey said on ABC’s “Top Line.” “We voted to repeal it in the House. Harry Reid voted against it, and his Democratic colleagues in the Senate. So it wasn’t repealed. But we’re gonna chip away as we did at this Class program.”
In March, Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., introduced a bill to repeal the Class program, with Gingrey’s support. Gingrey said this bill should pass, so that there is no question of bringing Class back.
“It needs to be repealed, because anybody – the president himself – could open that door back open… . It’s fiscal smoke and mirrors. I’m glad that the secretary finally realized that.”
Gingrey also semi-criticized Vice President Joe Biden for his graphic remarks about the potential of funding the police to prevent rapes and murders.
“Well, it is a little bit much. It’s not as bad as that House member from Florida who said the Republicans’ health plan was to kill seniors or to let seniors die. Of course, he was not re-elected, and I think that had a lot to do with it, but yeah, it was over the top. There’s no question about that.”