The Washington Times - November 2, 2011, 04:21PM

Herman Cain is planning a big surprise for his son’s birthday in 2013—if just about everything goes his way over the next 17 months.

The leading Republican presidental candidate wants to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul on the third anniversary of when it was signed into law and, incidently, the birthday of his son, Vincent.


“If Congress moves fast enough — hint, hint, hint — to give me the repeal legislation, I plan to sign the repeal on March 23, 2013,” Mr. Cain said, adding, “Which happens to be my son’s birthday, so I’m gonna unpass it on my son’s birthday.”

But Vincent’s gift is contingent on some major obstacles standing in Mr. Cain’s way — like winning the GOP nomination and beating Mr. Obama in the general election.

Congress would also need to repeal the health care law, which would essentially require Republicans to win a 60-vote majority in the Senate and hold onto the House next year.

Like his GOP opponents, Mr. Cain has centered his health care platform around repealing the Affordable Care Act. Speaking on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon, he called the health care law a “disaster.”

“We are just now beginning to see some of the unintended consequences of this bad legislation … instead of costs going down, costs are going up,” he said.