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November 4, 2010 / J. Shaw

Post Election Plans and Quotes

 

The day after the November 2010 election found Washington abuzz with talk of new political plans, quotes on issues and specualtion. It will be interesting to see if any of this blather will come to fruition. SHAW

….President Obama bluntly swept aside any talk of repeal of his signature health care law — right after the House Speaker-in-waiting, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, also vowed Republicans would do everything they could to wipe the legislation off the books

Boehner, too, was asked about the expiring tax cuts, and he replied simply that he continues to believe they should all be extended.

“I believe that the health care bill that was enacted by the current Congress will kill jobs in America, ruin the best health care system in the world and bankrupt our country. That means that we have to do everything we can to try to repeal this bill, and replace it with commonsense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance,” Boehner said. Earlier, he had called it a “monstrosity.”

Obama would hear none of it.

“I think we’d be misreading the election if we thought that the American people want to see us for the next two years re-litigate arguments that we had over the last two years,” he said.

He added he was willing to listen to Republican ideas for improving the system. “But I don’t think that if you ask the American people, should we stop trying to close the doughnut hole that will help senior citizens get prescription drugs, should we go back to a situation where people with pre-existing conditions can’t get health insurance, should we allow insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick, even though you had been paying premiums. …”

Obama also virtually abandoned legislation, hopelessly stalled in the Senate, that includes economic incentives to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, vehicles and other sources.

“I’m going to be looking for other means of addressing this problem,” he said. “Cap and trade was just one way of skinning the cat.”

Another Republican, Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, worried aloud that voters could turn against the GOP next time.

“Let us be under no illusion — many of those who cast their vote for Republicans yesterday have their share of doubts about whether we are up to the task of governing; about whether congressional Republicans have learned our lesson,” he said.

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party darling who moved to create a House caucus for the movement over the summer, is planning to run for a top-ranking leadership position, according to a colleague. Rand Paul, the winner of the Kentucky Senate contest, said Wednesday that he wants to form a bicameral Tea Party caucus. 

Rand Paul,the winner of the Kentucky Senate contest said he’ll push these goals by forming a Tea Party caucus made up of both House and Senate members. “I think there’s a lot of potential members in the House and a few members in the Senate as well,” he said

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