By Julian Pecquet - 01/06/11 08:05 PM EST
Republicans have already introduced almost a dozen bills aimed at repealing, defunding and otherwise weakening Democrats' healthcare reform law since the new Congress opened for business Wednesday.
At the same time, liberal Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) followed through on a promise to reintroduce her public option bill. The Congressional Budget Office last year said it would save $68 billion over 10 years, but the government-run program was dropped from the reform.
In addition to House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorVA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat High anxiety for GOP Webb: Broken trust, broken party MORE's (R-Va.) bill to repeal the entire law, at least two Republicans — Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Connie Mack (R-Fla.) — have introduced straight repeal bills.
Others are more specific:
• Rep. Scott GarrettScott GarrettSenior House Republicans fighting for their lives New Dem attack ad features foul-mouthed grandmother 10 races Democrats must win to take the House MORE (R-N.J.) has a bill to repeal the individual mandate, and Rep. Ted PoeTed PoeA clear signal on Georgia’s future Overnight Tech: Dem presses Facebook on gun sales | Praise for new librarian of Congress | Fourth Amendment Caucus to push privacy concerns Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer 2.0 releases more DNC docs; China hacked banking regulator MORE (R-Texas) would prohibit federal funds to be used to enforce it;
• Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) would replace the healthcare reform law with "incentives to encourage health insurance coverage;"
• Rep. John FlemingJohn FlemingClub for Growth: Anti-Trump spending proved to be 'good call' David Duke gets debate slot in La. Senate race Prostitution fight tightens Louisiana Senate race MORE (R-La.) has two bills — one would amend the law to allow states to elect not to establish a health exchange, while the other would prohibit the hiring of additional employees by the Internal Revenue Service to "implement, administer, or enforce" the law. He also proposes to rescind funds for the law's Health Insurance Reform Implementation Fund;
• Rep. Tom GravesTom GravesRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman House votes to keep lawmaker pay freeze in place Lobbying World MORE (R-Ga.) would deauthorize appropriation of funds to carry out the law; and
• Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) has a bill to repeal the law's 1099 tax reporting requirement.
Other proposals don't directly target the healthcare reform law.
Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnCalifornia companies sued for allegedly selling fetal tissue for profit Race is on for prized House chairmanship GOP struggles to find women to lead House committees MORE (R-Tenn.) wants to allow Medicare beneficiaries the option of choosing a voucher for a health savings account or a high-deductible health insurance plan while eliminating the late enrollment penalties for people who wait until they're 70 to enroll in Medicare. And Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has a bill to "provide greater health care freedom for seniors."
Cantor's full repeal bill is set for a vote Wednesday.