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Yarmuth says Healthcare Debate May Benefit Democrats

Congressional Republicans are gearing up for a vote to repeal the healthcare overhaul law.Third District Congressman John Yarmuth calls any full repeal of the law symbolic and unlikely to pass the Senate. But, he hopes the majority keeps trying anyway, because it will lead to a new debate on the legislation."What they're going to be doing is proposing to take away some incredible benefits for millions of Americans," he says. "In Kentucky alone, there will be two million people who once again be subject to lifetime limits on their benefits if they repeal the bill."The GOP could also attempt to repeal or de-fund individual parts of the overhaul, but Yarmuth says most of the provisions will likely remain law. Republicans contend that the overhaul is too expensive and the law should not require all Americans to obtain health insurance.Yarmuth predicts he and his fellow Democrats will spend much of the current session protecting the legislation they passed in the previous Congress.

Gabe Bullard is the director of news and editorial strategy.