Is the GOP Trying to Undo Barack Obama?

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union speech, January 27, 2010, in Washington, DC.
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When the Republican majority was elected to the House this past November, members of the GOP started talking about repealing the health care reform legislation that was the signature accomplishment of the previous Congress. That call for repeal seems to have revved up Congressional Republicans so much that they’re now trying to repeal several other laws that the Democratic majority passed last year.

While it sounds like a simple case of the pendulum swinging, the extent of these repeals could be far reaching. We could see take backs on government spending, banking regulations, and of course health care. Is the scope of the GOP’s call for Obama-era repeals bigger than we’ve ever seen before?

Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent explains the details behind the Republican agenda. And John Pitney, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College explains how such legislative reversals are rare.