The Corner

To Repeal or Not to Repeal

Politico reports on a briefing with Reps. Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy: “They [Republicans] WILL NOT campaign for full health care repeal but will demand partial repeal, including mandates for health coverage” (caps in original).

Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring clarifies: “When asked a series of hypothetical questions about the bill eventually becoming law and whether a Republican majority would focus on repealing the bill, Mr. Cantor pointed out that there are a few small areas of agreement within this massive health care bill, and that a focus of a repeal effort would target the harmful items that increase costs and hurt the economy – that is where they are most vulnerable.” Cantor’s focus remains on defeating the bill rather than on how to respond to its possible passage.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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