House Republican Leader Boehner Says Repealing Pro-Abortion Health Care Top Priority

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 12, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

House Republican Leader Boehner Says Repealing Pro-Abortion Health Care Top Priority

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 12
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Republican leader in the House who could become Speaker if the GOP topples Democrats in November says the number one priority for his party is repealing the pro-abortion health care law. Rep. John Boehner said yesterday that such a move is the "No. 1 priority" for Republicans.

Boehner said on a local radio show in Ohio that repealing the pro-abortion health care law would be the first focus of a Republican-led Congress if voters put his party in power after November.

"They got everything else in the entire bureaucracy that they need to control our healthcare system … with the signing of this bill," Boehner said during an interview on WFLA’s "Bud Hedinger Show." "That’s why repealing this bill has to be our No. 1 priority."

"I’ve never seen a bill pass the House of Representatives that the American people knew about, that the American people had discussed, debated, and had decided ‘no,’" Boehner said.

"This is why the anger that’s out there, frustration that’s out there, and frankly, I think, a lot of this is now turning to resolve — resolving that the American people are going to do something about this," he added.

The majority of Americans remain strongly opposed to the pro-abortion health care bill, in large part because of the massive taxpayer funding of abortion it contains, and polls show they support the lawsuits filed against it and repealing the bill.

The strategy of "repeal and replace" has became a slogan of sorts for pro-life advocates and pro-life candidates looking to unseat the abortion backers who voted for the measure in the House and Senate.

The strategy may already be paying dividends as a new Gallup poll released today shows Republicans leading Democrats in a generic congressional ballot based only on party — something that rarely happens.

The latest Gallup poll shows Republicans slightly ahead of Democrats in the generic congressional ballot among registered voters, 48% to 44%.

Political commentator Taegan Goddard said in reaction, "The results — when based on likely voters shortly before Election Day — have proved, historically, to be a highly accurate predictor of the national two-party vote. Though Gallup will not formally begin identifying likely voters until later this year, their early polling suggests Republicans are much more likely to vote this year than Democrats."

As LifeNews.com reported, new polling data from Rasmussen Reports shows the percentage of Americans supporting the repeal of the pro-abortion health care bill President Barack Obama signed into law is increasing.

Three weeks after Congress approved the health care bill, which contains massive abortion funding and promotion, support for repealing it has risen four percent to 58 percent, with 50 percent of Americans strongly favoring repeal.

On the other side, just 38 percent oppose repealing the pro-abortion health care bill and 32 percent strongly oppose such a move.

The 58-38 percent split favoring repeal is an increase from the 54-42 percent margin favoring repeal during the last two weeks of the Rasmussen Reports polls. The week prior to that showed Americans favoring repeal by a 55-42 percent margin.

Although Americans support repealing the pro-abortion health care bill, Rasmussen finds 38% of voters think it is even somewhat likely that the health care bill will be repealed while 51 percent see repeal as unlikely. Those figures include 11% who say it’s very likely to be repealed and 18% who say repeal is not at all likely.

Eighty-eight percent (88%) of Republicans and 54% of voters not affiliated with either major party favor repeal. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Democrats are opposed. Republican support for repeal is up eight points from a week ago, while Democratic opposition is down seven, Rasmussen noted.

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