With Republicans eying a takeover of the House and possibly the Senate, talk of repealing the health care law has grown. Last week, House Minority Leader John Boehner vowed to undo the health care law and not fund a single program authorized under it.
"They'll get not one dime from us. Not a dime. There is no fixing this," Boehner told the Cincinnati Examiner in an editorial meeting that addressed his plans should he become leader of the House.
While there are programs under the new law that require discretionary funds from Congress, many of the major overhauls of the system are funded with mandatory spending, and turning back the entire bill would require Republicans to find a way to pay for the estimated $143 billion reduction in federal deficits created by the law. Adding to the complication are aspects of the legislation popular with voters, like the $250 checks to seniors in the Medicare "donut hole" and requirements for insurance companies to offer coverage for dependents 26 and under and for children with pre-existing conditions.
Can Republicans make good on their promise to "repeal" the law? What would that look like, and how would they do it?