Financial Times | Republicans see way to repeal Obamacare

Republican leaders in Congress said they could overturn Barack  Obama’s healthcare law with a razor-thin majority if Mitt Romney wins the  White House and that it would fall to individual states to preserve a critical  patient protection in the law.

At the same time, Democrats were seeking to insulate themselves from  critic­ism that “Obamacare” imposed a new tax on the middle class – a charge  that has emerged from the Supreme  Court decision on the legality of the law – by rebranding the legislation as  one that punished “free riders” in the insurance system.

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Mr Romney, the Republican nominee for president, promised in the aftermath of  the court ruling last week that he would “act to repeal Obamacare” on his first  day in office.

While the former Massachusetts governor has been short on details, the top  Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, said on Fox News that Republicans  would use the same legislative manoeuvre to undo Obamacare that Democrats used  to pass it in 2010.



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