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Huffington Post: Chamber President Backs Health Care Repeal Vote


January 11, 2011- Nearly 10 months after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's preeminent business lobby, said it would not spend money to push for repeal of last year's sweeping health care law, Chamber President Tom Donohue said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's signature legislation should be overturned.

Delivering the annual State of American Business address less than a month before Obama himself is slated to speak at the Chamber's D.C. headquarters, Donohue gave little indication that his lobby would be content to see the health care legislation stand.

"The new health care law, think about this for a minute, creates, creates 159 new agencies, commissions, panels, and other bodies. It grants extraordinary powers to the Department of Health and Human Services to redefine health care as we know it," the Chamber president said.

Donohue cited the hundreds of HHS waivers granted to U.S. businesses, which allow them to defer adhering to the law's stricter coverage requirements, as an admission that "the law is not totally workable."

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