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McConnell Says GOP Will Campaign To Repeal Health Care...But Won't Say Whether They'll Actually Do It

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Pressed to say whether that means he'd pursue a course of repealing the bill if he becomes majority leader in the fall, McConnell demurred. "I'm not going to predict the outcome of the fall election."

McConnell also warned House Democrats that Republicans will campaign against Democrats on unpopular vote-trading provisions--such as the infamous Nebraska Medicaid deal--even if Democrats repeal them.

"House Democrats only are going to be called on to vote on a bill that has the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase, the Gator-Aide and all the rest," McConnell said. "Now maybe they'll try to do something simultaneously that purports to fix the problem, but the votes will be there."

Afterward, I pointed out to McConnell's spokesman Don Stewart that, by opposing the reconciliation bill, Republicans would be voting to sustain the Cornhusker Kickback. I asked whether that's something Republicans would do. "We'll cross that bridge when we get to it," he said.

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