This morning, Reps. Tom Price (R-GA) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN) participated in a panel on health care reform at the Values Voter Summit. During the question-and-answer period, an audience member asked, if Democrats are able to pass health reform, “how do we roll this back in 2010 and 2012?”
Fielding the question, Price quipped that, if “they strong-arm it through — if they Rahm [sic] it through,” then Republicans will take back the House and Senate. Price continued:
The specific answer to your question is two-fold: Once we have the appropriate checks and balances in Congress, then we have a great opportunity to sit down with President Obama and say, we’re happy to talk about whatever issues you’d like to talk about, but first we need to repeal the disaster and the tyranny that you passed last session.
The right-wing crowd responded with strong applause. Watch it:
Price isn’t the first Republican member to suggest that the GOP agenda, should they take back the Congress, would be to repeal health reform. Appearing on Fox News last month, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) said that if the Republicans win back the House, “I’ll be Chairman Joe Barton of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and we’ll repeal it.”
This weekend’s Values Voter Summit, sponsored by Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council, is featuring a who’s who of the conservative movement, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Besides today’s health care event, the conference will also feature a breakout session on “Global Warming Hysteria: The New Face Of The ‘Pro-Death’ Agenda.”