Republicans say they are not content to wait idly until the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of the healthcare law in 2012 or later.
Instead, they will pursue a multi-pronged strategy to delay implementation of the law and repeal its most controversial provisions.
“We think is just the beginning,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Wednesday evening after the Senate voted 47-51 along party lines to reject an amendment he offered to repeal the law.
“This issue is still ahead of us and we will be going back at it in a variety of ways,” McConnell added.
In addition to attempts to repeal various sections of the law, Republicans will attempt to block funding for implementation of the law when a stop-gap spending measure funding government expires on March 4.
McConnell noted that Republicans blocked more than a million dollars in funding for healthcare reform that Democrats tried to include in a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill at the end of last year.
“You may recall that when we passed the continuing resolution to March 4, we deleted funding for additional bureaucrats to ramp up enforcement of Obamacare,” McConnell said. “So we’ll be looking at it in every different way to revisit it.”
GOP Promises More Repeal Efforts
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