Boehner Says Obama Health Plan On The Block After GOP Wins

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Voters have given Republicans a mandate to cut government and roll back the Obama administration's health care ""monstrosity"" in the next Congress, the incoming speaker of the House of Representatives said Thursday.

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is poised to lead the House following the GOP's massive gains in Tuesday's midterm elections. He told reporters that he and President Barack Obama have agreed to work together but called the results a vote for ""a smaller, less costly, more accountable government."" And the administration's hard-won overhaul of the U.S. health care system ultimately will be on the block.

""The American people are concerned about the government takeover of health care,"" Boehner said. ""I think it's important for us to lay the groundwork before we begin to repeal this monstrosity and replace it with common-sense reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance in America.""

The health care law, parts of which are just taking effect, requires Americans to buy health insurance, provides subsidies to bring down the cost of those policies and bars insurers from denying coverage based on gender or pre-existing conditions.

Republicans opposed the health care bill nearly unanimously, opposing its nearly trillion-dollar price tag and calling it an excessive intrusion of government into the free market. Supporters noted that it would expand coverage to most Americans under private insurance, and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said it would bring down long-term budget deficits by trimming the projected costs of health care.

Republicans needed to win an additional 39 House seats to reclaim the majority they lost in 2006. They claimed at least 60 on Tuesday, according to a CNN analysis of exit poll data, in what is likely to be the biggest House gain by any major party since 1948. In addition, they won at least six more seats in the Senate, but Democrats will retain c