Experts: GOP gains don't affect Obamacare

Political experts say that just because the Republican Party is now in control of Congress, it does not mean it has the power to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the president's signature piece of legislation.

News 12 Staff

Nov 6, 2014, 4:00 AM

Updated 3,492 days ago

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Experts: GOP gains don't affect Obamacare
Political experts say that just because the Republican Party is now in control of Congress, it does not mean it has the power to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the president's signature piece of legislation.
Republicans across the country like Congressman-elect Lee Zeldin, of Shirley, enjoyed a sweeping victory in the midterm elections last night. The GOP increased its majority in the House of Representatives and gained the majority in the Senate. For months, Republican candidates like Zeldin criticized President Barack Obama, his polices, and of course, what has become known as Obamacare.
As part of one of his campaign ads, "Lee Zeldin has been one of the strongest critics of Obamacare, fighting here in the Senate, and vowing to put a stake in the heart of it in the United States Congress."
Hofstra University political analyst Larry Levy says it is not going to happen.
"Obamacare will not be repealed unless Barack Obama wants it to be repealed," Levy told News 12. "The Republicans had a big night, but not big enough to override a presidential veto."
Incoming Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to acknowledge that roadblock Wednesday at a news conference. He said Congress might try to tackle specific provisions in the Affordable Care Act, rather than lose a battle to repeal the whole thing.
The president said Wednesday that the Affordable Care Act works, but did acknowledge that there are areas where it can be improved.
As far as overriding a potential presidential veto, the Republicans would need to have a two-thirds vote to do so in both the House and the Senate.
 


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