Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Ky., said this week he does not want to hold another vote on repealing the health care reform law until after the Presidential election.
GOP legislators are split on the decision. Some, such as Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., argue they should remind voters they are committed to repealing the law by holding another vote.
Other Republican lawmakers say that repealing the health care law
cannot be accomplished now because they do not have the votes. Repeal won’t be possible until Republicans control both the White House and Congress, they argue.
In a private meeting Tuesday, McConnell said forcing a vote would give vulnerable Democrats the chance to vote for the repeal bill, giving them cover in an election year, according to TheHill.com.
In the last Senate vote on a repeal bill
in February 2011, all 47 Senate Republicans voted for it, while all Democrats voted against it.