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Cathy McMorris Rodgers disputes article claiming she said Obamacare 'unlikely to be repealed'

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is disputing a story in her local newspaper that characterized her view on Obamacare as "here to stay" and "unlikely to be repealed."

The Spokesman-Review, of eastern Washington state, made national news and earned a prominent link on the Drudge Report with a story headlined: "McMorris Rodgers says ACA likely to stay." The article, dated April 25, further reported that the House Republican Conference chairwoman, during a meeting with the newspaper’s editorial board, "said it’s unlikely the Affordable Care Act will be repealed."

But McMorris Rodgers was not actually quoted in the story as saying either of those things — the remarks were paraphrased — and her office on Capitol Hill told the Washington Examiner on Monday that she never said anything of the sort.

“The headline is not an accurate or representative portrayal of what the congresswoman said in the interview, what her voting record reflects, or what she believes. She will continue fighting to repeal Obamacare at every opportunity moving forward and replace it with patient-centered reforms,” McMorris Rodgers spokesman Nate Hodson said.

McMorris Rodgers, who this year delivered the Republican Party's response to President Obama's State of the Union address, is the fourth-ranking House Republican and part of a team of House GOP leaders working to develop an Obamacare alternative that is designed to outline the congressional Republican agenda to repeal Obamacare and replace it with conservative health care reforms.

Particularly because the Republicans might win the Senate in this year's midterm elections and position the GOP to act on this health care agenda next year, any assertion by a party leader that the Affordable Care Act is "here to stay" could be politically significant.

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