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

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2012

Never mind that Congress is the only authority that can do this. Secondly, though Congress can cause problems in its implementation in other ways, it would be tough to repeal entirely, because 60 Senate votes would be required.

Many say this could be circumvented by using budget reconciliation, because the bill was enacted that way. The bottom line is that though a plan has been outlined by which a repeal could be done, what are the odds?

Vegas is pretty good at this and could probably do better than me, but since they don't release gambling odds on political promises, I'd put the likelihood of repeal through reconciliation at 10% or less. Speaking of which, if you like to gamble on political outcomes, there are much easier ways of doing so, as many of our Congressional leaders have so recently and pathetically demonstrated.

But back to the subject at hand.

So I'm predicting they'll try to repeal, but they won't try very hard. What's easier? Repealing and replacing the ACA with something else, or making a halfhearted attempt at repeal so that you can still blame Democrats wherever the law screws up? I think you know the answer.

We already know how the majority of you feel through our surveys, in which only 41% of you said you wanted the law repealed. Because its provisions so drastically affect the way you run your business, you've likely been up to your ears in leadership—and financial—issues that stem from both the Act and a few other government regulations you have to comply with in a very short time, such as ICD-10 and the HITECH Act.

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5 comments on "If Romney is GOP's Pick, Healthcare Recedes as Campaign Issue"


Mgreenwood (1/19/2012 at 6:53 PM)
First, Obama originally wanted to give us a choice between choosing to enroll in a system that was already in place, Medicare, or a private insurance company. I think each of us would pay an amount that was a percentage of our pay rather than the employer paying the $1200-1500 per month and the employee paying $535 a month plus any additional costs that arise if the insurance company decides to pay less than the medical provider charges. This plan was discouraged for the sake of the profitability of the insurance industry. If this matter goes to court, the court may have to address quite a few issues that are wrong with the current system like accepting varying payment amounts depending on who is paying. i.e. if I pay cash I must pay much more than the government or the insurance companies. Conflict of the implied work contract between employer and employee (and family) i.e. depending on the employer for more than payment for work. The Constitution wants the government to insure the welfare of the citizens. Healthcare is a social responsibility.i.e. can't take care of yourself if you need medical care. We need to copy the best system in the world. Simple.

Carol Eichstadt (1/18/2012 at 7:52 AM)
I agree with the former comment that the article is slanted towards Obama but my first thought after reading the title and first sentence is that this person is definately a democrat. I do agree with the writer to repeal Obama care is not realistic - too much money and time has been spent on several issues within the ACA. Employers as well as hospitals have been financially impacted by the changes. This is slowing down the economic recovery. I do agree that healthcare should be a right not a priveledge but Obama care does not provide that right to all Americans - only those that are poor. I am a nurse and cancer survivor who is over 60 and would like to retire but can not because I need health insurance. Nurses, in general, do not get health insurance with thier retirement package so I have to wait until I am 65 to retire. Obama care doesn't help me at all, in fact, Obama Care will penalize me if I retire before 65 because I would be mandated to buy (very costly) health insurance. Obama Care is more than a bad system it is not democratic it is socialistic. I do not believe a majority of Americans support Obama Care - actually I have not every spoken with anyone who supports Obama Care.

booch (1/17/2012 at 2:32 PM)
Hey, Al Neuman - your Obama hatred must be more out of control than usual - you actually missed a couple of Fox News talking points here. Of course you don't like REAL reporting, you guys never want to be confused by the facts.