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House's GOP doctors slam 'Obamacare' on third birthday

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Members of the House GOP Doctors Caucus on Thursday marked the three-year anniversary of President Obama’s health care law with a renewed call for a full repeal while acknowledging that a piecemeal effort to “chip away” at the reforms is more politically feasible.

“That is the most viable option,” caucus co-chairman Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia, an obstetrician, said.

Dr. Gingrey said Republicans, lacking a majority in the Senate, are unlikely to overcome a presidential veto during President Obama’s second term. But, he said, Republican attempts to cut away at the Affordable Care Act’s taxes and regulations will employ a “hacksaw,” and not a “paring knife.”

The Republican doctors’ comments on a bitterly cold morning outside the Capitol mirror comments from Senate Republicans on Wednesday and news conferences that were held in 2011 and 2012 to blast Mr. Obama’s law on its first and second anniversaries.

“It’s almost like Groundhog Day, only it’s even colder,” Rep. Andy Harris, Maryland Republican and an anesthesiologist, said Thursday.

Meanwhile, House Democrats are touting the benefits of the health care law. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi held a celebration of the law on Wednesday with Americans who have been positively affected by the reforms, and the House Democratic Caucus will hold a press conference Thursday to promote the law’s benefits.

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