- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican, said Tuesday the Senate GOP has decided on a strategy of targeting specific provisions of the recently passed health care bill instead of filing a flood of amendments when they debate the legislation later in the day on the chamber floor.

“We’re going to … attempt to fix some of those provisions, not all of those bad provisions,” Mr. Chambliss said on The Washington Times’ “America’s Morning News” radio show. “I think what you’re going to see is an attempt by Republicans to very clearly show the American people exactly what’s in this bill, what it does to their pocketbook and their relationship with their doctor.”

The House late Sunday night passed the Senate version of President Obama’s health care overhaul plan. However, the Senate must meet today to pass some of the House changes in a process known as reconciliation.

Mr. Chambliss, who was elected to the Senate in 1994 when Republicans took over both chambers, said party leaders this afternoon likely will submit an amendment to repeal the entire legislation.

“We’ll probably give our friends another opportunity to vote in favor of this piece of very bad legislation,” he said.

Mr. Obama is scheduled to sign the overhaul legislation Tuesday morning at a White House ceremony.

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Mr. Chambliss said the legislation likely will cost more than the $940 billion over 10 years as estimated by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Senate Parliamentarian Alan Frumin reportedly already has ruled against a Republican argument that the legislation’s excise tax on high-cost insurance plans violates the 1974 Budget Act.

Mr. Chambliss predicted that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., as president of the Senate, would overrule Mr. Frumin if necessary.

“I don’t think Joe Biden would hesitate,” he said.

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