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

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, January 13, 2012

As a result, those who want repeal from your ranks are likely even smaller now because of the uncertainty it would create surrounding long-range planning and investments.

As I mentioned, I'm not a political expert, nor do I play one on TV. I also slept in my own bed last night, not at a Holiday Inn Express. So take this prediction with a grain of salt, but I don't think healthcare is really a core issue in this election, especially, as looks increasingly likely that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will win the GOP nomination.

Republicans are clearly playing to their base when they talk about repeal, but history shows that anything that gives something to voters is very infrequently repealed. Never mind that Romney's the guy whose lasting political legacy is the creation of "Romneycare" in Massachusetts, a universal coverage law that it very similar to "Obamacare" in that it's largely intended to provide "coverage" to the uninsured.

In that regard, it has succeeded. But in large part, coverage is in the eye of the beholder. For hospitals and health systems, it means largely playing games with the same pot of money. Revenue is largely the same, but the number of patients for which they get some payment is increased. Some deal.

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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.