Long before the final health reform language was even debated in Congress, right-wing activists and big business lobbying groups like the Club for Growth were clamoring to launch a repeal effort to nullify the benefits of the law. While the pressure from these far right groups convinced every Republican in Congress to vote against health reform, many were split over the idea of repealing the bill and essentially rescinding health insurance coverage for over 30 million Americans and reinstating the worst insurance industry abuses, like preexisting condition discrimination. For instance, in March, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) quickly distanced himself from the repeal campaign, telling Seattle-based KIRO that the repeal effort is “the more radical approach” and not a “substantial argument,” but rather simply “a political move, a political argument.” KIRO’s Dave Ross asked Reichert point blank if he would support the repeal effort, to which he replied, “no”:
ROSS: You have a chance to repeal it, I suppose. Are you one of those who are going to try to repeal it?
However, despite ridiculing repeal of health reform as a “radical” and purely political move, Reichert has buckled and signed onto a health reform repeal bill as an original cosponsor.