Quote of the Day: The Power of No

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From Rep. Steve King (R–Iowa), explaining why he wants the GOP to support full-on repeal of healthcare reform rather than the wimpier “repeal and replace”:

I didn’t want to confuse the message on repeal by adding the word “replace” because there’s a question mark that hangs on “replace,” which is, “What would you replace it with?” and then the discussion gets drug down [sic] into something that all Republicans are not going to agree on.

Well, points for honesty, I guess. It’s not often that congressmen just flatly admit that the reason they don’t want to offer up a plan isn’t because they think the status quo is hunky dory, but because an actual plan might piss off some people. Kudos to King for being willing to admit this.

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