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April 27, 2014 - 7:02 am

The number 4 ranking Republican in the House says that the Affordable Care Act is not likely to be repealed and Republicans should concentrate on reforming the state exchanges.

Spokesman-Review:

With the news this week that more than 600,000 Washington residents have acquired new health care plans through the state exchange, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said it’s unlikely the Affordable Care Act will be repealed.

“We need to look at reforming the exchanges,” the Eastern Washington Republican said Thursday.

The five-term congresswoman and chair of the House Republican Conference kicked off her re-election campaign this week with visits to Walla Walla, Colville and Spokane. She faces Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas.

McMorris Rodgers has been part of the Republican leadership in the House that has voted multiple times to repeal parts or all of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. GOP members have said the law is unworkable, will increase costs for some and force others into inadequate coverage or plans they don’t want.

McMorris Rodgers continued those criticisms Thursday, but said the framework established by the law likely will persist and reforms should take place within its structure.

“It is a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to health care,” she said. Consumers should have more choice for their coverage, and Democrats should abandon the idea that everyone will enroll because of the mandate, McMorris Rodgers added.

The congresswoman also said that the 85 percent of enrollees who received Medicaid coverage is a sign the program is not sustainable and many will receive subpar care.

“You’re seeing where they’ve had to reduce programs for the very people it’s meant to help,” McMorris Rodgers said. “Somebody’s going to have to pay the bill.”

Many Republicans will see McMorris Rodgers’ statement as a surrender. She may want Obamacare repealed but not even trying is being considered a betrayal by many on the right.

McMorris Rodgers is only giving voice to what most of the GOP leadership and many rank-and-file Republicans believe privately: even with a GOP takeover of the Senate, there are not enough votes to override the expected presidential veto of any repeal effort. It would take 66 votes in the Senate to repeal Obamacare and most of those Democrats who might consider voting to override Obama’s veto would have been defeated in 2014.

What about 2016? If the GOP can hang on to the Senate — no guarantee with so many Republicans running that year — and win the White House, it would be possible to scrap most of the ACA as long as Republicans had some kind of alternative that would lessen the blow for millions who will have subsidized insurance through the state exchanges. Obamacare infrastructure would have to be excised with a scalpel, not an ax, in order to prevent a collapse of the health insurance industry.

It can be done — must be done — and McMorris Rodgers is only stating what is possible. She will suffer for it, no doubt, but I’m sure she knew that when she made the statement.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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This is the same woman who wrote an article here a year or more ago - she was attempting to persuade Tea Party members that she was one of them.

Now this!

Just another of Boehner's buddies (AKA another RINO).

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Stabbed in the Back once again.

Eight Million People is 2.5% of the Population.
When did 2.5% become a Majority?
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"The number 4 ranking Republican in the House says that the Affordable Care Act is not likely to be repealed and Republicans should concentrate on reforming the state exchanges."
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No - we should concentrate on bouncing attitudes such as yours out of office.

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Lord save us from yet another RINO trying to get elected by walking back what they really said.
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She also is pushing for "legal status" and a pathway to citizenship for illegals. She emphasises that "legal status" is not amnesty. Okay, then what is it?
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Another betrayal by another in the Republican leadership. Over the last couple of days, they have made it abundantly clear that they intend to fold on BOTH Obamacare and Immigration. We are on course for Democrat majorities for decades, and the coup de grace to America.
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The Republican Party, regretfully, seems to be going the way of the Whigs. It seems to have lost its way. The Tea Party seems to be the force of the future for those of us who are labelled 'conservatives,' although we're really not.
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We cam have either Obamacare or the USA - not both.
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That's fine. She's abandoned the 2010 campaign promise. She along with those who join her can join her in civilian life in a few months.
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I believe it is short-sighted cronyism and seeking donations. Whether or not large corporations were for it at first, they are now behind it as the way to get the expensive benefit of healthcare off their backs, and they probably have been her backers. Those who are not terribly affected by it now probably don't consider it a voting issue, but when their employer drops their healthcare plan, or it costs them $$$$, they will be back to yelling for its repeal - only then it might just be too late.
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I use to live in Spokane. I can tell you this woman is no candidate for the Einstein award.
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If I were Boehner and whatshername, I wouldn't get too comfortable. While it may take more than one election cycle to get rid of Obamacare, they stand to lose their positions in the House every two years. Their leadership positions may be even more precarious: just ask former speaker Bob Livingston, and there is the example of the late Tom Foley.
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almost anything is possible.

Let's get some practice with retiring Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Congress.
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