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 CantorRyan seeks to avoid Boehner fate on omnibus GOPers fear trillion-dollar vote is inevitable Insiders dominate year of the outsider 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 GarrettYellen defends Fed from Trump attacks The Trail 2016: Candidate tug-of-war Dem group slams NJ Republican for 'hateful agenda' 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 FlemingGOP grills IRS chief on impeachment Louisiana Republicans: This isn’t like Sandy GOP averts vote on impeaching IRS commissioner 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 BlackburnOvernight Healthcare: Mylan CEO faces bipartisan outrage over EpiPen pricing House panel votes to hold fetal tissue company in contempt Top Dem to GOP leaders: Halt panel's plan to charge firm tied to Planned Parenthood 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.