Two conservative Republicans on Friday blasted House leaders for scheduling a vote to repeal an unpopular provision of the healthcare reform law.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Sen Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) wrote in the The Washington Times on Friday that a 2012 electoral debate focused simply on whether to repeal the law would "do our nation credit and do great service to the electorate."
The push to repeal the Medicare cost-cutting board, once seen as an easy way to force House Democrats to buck the president, has turned into yet another headache for House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan delays committee assignments until 2017 Lobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run MORE (R-Ohio). Republican leaders forfeited any chance of getting significant Democratic support once they opted to pay for it by capping medical malpractice damages, and they are now facing a backlash from conservatives who worry piecemeal repeal bills can give vulnerable Democrats cover while making full repeal less likely.
Just before the newspaper published the lawmakers' op-ed, an array of conservative groups sent BoehnerJohn BoehnerRyan delays committee assignments until 2017 Lobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run MORE and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorTrump allies warn: No compromise on immigration Chamber of Commerce overhauls lobbying operation Laura Ingraham under consideration for White House press secretary MORE (R-Va.) a letter calling the IPAB repeal vote "misguided."
"We are gravely concerned that IPAB alone is being proposed for repeal and not part of a full repeal of Obamacare," reads the letter spearheaded by the Conservative Action Project. "This legislation is part of a troubling trend to break off the worst portions of Obamacare for individual votes, which muddies the water in this election year between those who are adamantly opposed to Obamacare and those who want to see its implementation."
The debate echoes conservative attacks against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell meets with Trump's Commerce nominee Citizens United still undermines democracy; here’s why GOP prepares release of funding bill to avoid shutdown MORE (R-Ky.), who came under blistering criticism earlier this month after he told his conference that he would focus on gas prices and the economy instead of pushing for more repeal bills that are going nowhere in the Senate. In response, the conservative Restore America's Voice Foundation threatened to "unleash" its 2.3 million activists to call for McConnell's resignation if he didn't retract his comments.
After the threat was issued, McConnell vowed to make March "Repeal ObamaCare Month" and to work with his colleagues on how best to keep the spotlight on the law.