Johnson concedes ACA repeal will be a challenge

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, who made repeal of the Affordable Care Act the issue in his camapign for Senate and who has continued to call for repeal since, admitted to an audience in Milwaukee today just how challenging that will be – even if Mitt Romney wins in November.

The Business Journal‘s Rick Kirchen reports that Johnson laid out the challenges at a Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce seminar on the Affordable Care Act.

“To totally repeal it, we would need 60 votes (in the Senate),” Johnson said. “The prospects of that are unlikely.”

However, if Republicans can gain even a 51-vote Senate majority, “we can start chipping away at this thing” through the federal budget process, Johnson said. Also, if Romney wins, his Health and Human Services secretary could frustrate the implementation of the law, Johnson said.


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