Upton Says Obamacare Could Be On Chopping Block This Month

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Upton says Obamacare could be on chopping block this monthA top GOP leader expects that a vote to repeal the healthcare overhaul will be held before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, and he expects some bipartisan support.

In an interview with FOX News on Jan. 2, Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said that he does not know if there will be enough votes to repeal Obamacare, but he believes it will be close to the two-thirds majority needed to do so. The date of Obama's State of the Union speech has yet to be finalized, but it will likely occur in late January.

Upton, who will become the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Jan. 5, said that it's not just Republicans who wish to repeal Obamacare.

"Watch what happens," Upton told the news provider. "There will be a significant number of Democrats, I think, that will join us."

Despite staunch opposition to the new healthcare provisions, the law is unlikely to be overturned because Democrats still hold a majority in the Senate, and Obama has the power to veto a repeal.

Several new provisions of Obamacare went into effect on Jan. 1, including restrictions on the way insurers can spend their profits from premiums, and a law that allows almost all Medicare beneficiaries to receive free preventative screenings. 

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