Archive for the ‘Repeal’ Category
INTERESTING READS: Possible Futures for Health Reform; the Benefits of Binational Health Insurance; and Disgruntled Porn Actors
- “Four possible futures for the health-reform law,” WaPo‘s “Ezra Klein”: The good news for the Obama administration is that the likeliest scenario involves lawmakers and individuals learning to accept the law in coming years, similar to what happened with Medicare. The bad news is that the second-likeliest option is outright repeal. Read the rest of this entry »
CQ Today presents a list of some of the bills introduced by the GOP that would undermine the federal health reform law, which is Republicans’ best strategy for combating Democrats on the issue without the manpower to repeal.
The following blogs discuss how a repeal of the federal health reform law would reduce the deficit, why U.S. medical schools need an overhaul and why declining effects in medicine should not be blamed on trendy scientific theories that are stupid.
The Huffington Post says U.S. residents could learn a thing or two from disgruntled Egyptians.
Time‘s Kate Pickert writes in a piece called, “Why Congress (Probably) Won’t Scrap the Individual Mandate”:
The reason: politics. Sens. Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, Jon Tester and Ben Nelson – all up for re-election in 2012 and identified by Politico as threatening the future of the individual mandate – aren’t going to support repealing it without a replacement that has real teeth. They might be willing to entertain the idea of a strict open enrollment period or even a new tax on every American that’s then waived for those with health insurance. (These are two of the most oft mentioned alternatives that would easily pass constitutional muster.) But these four senators can’t pass such a change alone. They would need Democratic or Republican support and they’re probably not going to get it.
Welcome to the fray, boys.
AHL’s Top Story: Democratic Strategists Devising New Anti-Repeal Messaging Initiative That Focuses on Health Reform’s Benefits
A group of prominent Democratic strategists have begun developing a new independent messaging approach in response to Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace the federal health reform law, Politico reports. According to individuals familiar with the strategy, several state Democratic party officials who played pivotal roles in the President Obama’s 2008 election campaign will lead the group. Although the initiative still is in its early stages and few concrete details have been released, those privy to group’s discussions describe it as a public relations campaign designed to promote the law’s benefits for consumers and the negative effects they would experience if the law was eliminated (Haberkorn, Politico, 2/4).
In a week where a federal judge invalidated the federal health reform law and the Senate voted down an amendment to repeal the overhaul, you might think the weekly tally on the debate over the reform law was a draw. You might be wrong.
Here’s what you need to know about the week’s key health policy stories:
The Washington Post examines how activists with groups such as the tea party continue incremental efforts to dismantle the health reform bill. Slow, but sure, as they say.
It’s really hard to argue against.