If Romney is GOP's Pick, Healthcare Recedes as Campaign Issue

Philip Betbeze, January 13, 2012

Whether you love or hate healthcare reform, you should rest assured that the investments you're making on quality and care coordination are worthy ones, because when Republicans tell you the reform law be repealed, don't fall for it. I don't think they really believe it.

Like many of you, I try to tune out the political gasbags during most seasons in my life. Of course, primary season when most of the gas is expelled, ad nauseum. I reluctantly pay attention when it comes to election season, but I start with the presumption that a politician is lying to me, at least in some way, and I make my decisions from there.

As we watch the Republican primaries to determine which candidate will oppose President Obama this fall, I have paid attention, at least as far as the conversation concerns healthcare. Hopefully the rest of you are not quite as cynical about our democratic process as I am, but here's why I think that, as a group, they're lying about repeal.

Healthcare, and repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 specifically, is playing a huge role in the primaries so far. That's not surprising. The vast majority of Republican voters hate "Obamacare," and each candidate pledges that if you'll elect him president, they'll repeal it.

Philip Betbeze

Philip Betbeze is the senior leadership editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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