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First Step for GOP: Repealing Health Insurance Reform?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

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After a mostly triumphant Tuesday, Republicans are gearing up to take on several legislative centerpieces of the Obama administration. Most significantly, they are looking to say sayonara to healthcare reform by repealing what they refer to as “Obamacare”.

On CBS’ Face the Nation, current Senate Minority Leader (the Democrats retained control of the Senate) Mitch McConnell stated that the GOP was given a wide mandate by independent voters to repeal healthcare reform. According to them, they owe it to the American people to do better and come up with another way of making health insurance plans more accessible.

For their part, Dems are skeptical that the law can actually be reversed so easily. Those looking for it to happen as soon as the new congresspersons are sworn in in January will be disappointed. For one thing, Obama is sure to veto any such legislation that reaches his desk.

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Obama Didn’t Realize Affordable Health Insurance Reform Would Be So Hard

Monday, November 8th, 2010

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After his party’s drubbing in the midterm elections, President Obama is Monday-morning quarterbacking. In an exclusive interview with 60 Minutes, he admitted that he didn’t expect the passage and implementation of affordable health insurance reform to have such a high political cost.

Many would consider this view naive, given that presidents have struggled with the complex system for decades. Also, there are many interest groups heavily involved, with a major stake in the issue.

According to Obama, he assumed that his incorporation of proposals previously advanced by Republicans such as Mitt Romney would help bring about some compromise with the GOP. As it turns out, the final product ended up pleasing few: progressive Democrats wanted more, while conservatives wanted far less.

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Colorado To Vote On Health Insurance Plan Mandate

Saturday, August 28th, 2010
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Like several other states, Colorado will have a healthcare reform-related question on the November ballot. Voters will be able to decide whether or not they want to legally challenge provisions of the law.

Similar to other states’ ballot measures, it would pass a law that prevents the federal government from enacting a health insurance plan mandate–one of the main provisions of the bill, intended to reduce the cost of health insurance by spreading the cost among more (typically healthy) people.

It remains to be seen if Amendment 63 is successful. Even if it passes, the federal law may still dominate state law. However, conservative groups are happy that the Colorado health insurance measure received enough signatures to reach the ballot.

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Republicans Vow To Repeal Healthcare Reform If They Win Midterms

Friday, August 20th, 2010

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The heated midterm election battles are underway. Control of the House of Representatives and Senate is at stake in November. Democrats are looking to retain their majority, but what if they don’t?

Tennessee Republican representative Marsha Blackburn recently stated that the GOP will repeal the Obama administration’s healthcare reform law if they regain control. The law is controversial largely due to provisions that create a mandate for individuals and companies to buy a health insurance plan.

However, Rep. Blackburn’s promises may be more election rhetoric than reality. While the Republican party may take a few steps in the direction of eliminating the law, President Obama is guaranteed to veto any bill that would repeal it. Although political pundits predict that Republicans may win a significant number of seats, they may not reach the essential two-thirds of the Senate that would be necessary to override a presidential veto.

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New Pro-Healthcare Reform Ad

Friday, June 11th, 2010

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Gearing up for the midterm elections, Democrats have recently started airing a TV commercial that makes their argument in favor of healthcare reform. It points out that Republicans are calling for a wholesale repeal of the law.

It’s a risky tactic, but recent polls show that a slight majority of Americans prefer that the law be given a chance to work and then modified–instead of throwing it out entirely.

The advertisement also highlights the affordable health insurance benefits that come into effect this year.

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Midterm Election Update: Public Option Opponent Faces Runoff

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

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The 2010 midterm election season has already started with several primaries. In Arkansas, Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln faced a tough challenge from Bill Halter.

Lincoln was criticized from the left for helping to eliminate the government-run public option from the affordable health insurance reform law.

While the polling shows that she received more votes, the results are too close to call. Therefore, she’ll be facing a runoff in June for the Democrats’ nomination. If she wins, she will then struggle against Republican criticism for voting in favor of healthcare reform–though she voted against the accompanying reconciliation package.

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Bartering Livestock As A Health Insurance Plan?

Monday, May 10th, 2010

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It sounds like a joke, but it was a half-serious proposal by Republican Sue Lowden, who is vying for the GOP nomination in Nevada to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November. Since Reid helped steer healthcare reform to its passage, he is a clear target.

Lowden looked like a lock for the nomination and even win, with her staunch opposition to the law. However, she slipped when asked about her proposed alternatives to the Democrats’ health insurance plan reform. Her suggestions included bartering for health care services–specifically citing our grandparents, who supposedly brought a chicken to the doctor.

Her primary opponents, as well as Democrats, have run with the absurdity. Offhand quip or not, it makes her appear out of touch with the struggles of those unable to find affordable health insurance in modern times. Lowden’s response is the classic bipartisan political excuse: her comments were taken out of context.

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Obama Continues To Promote Health Insurance Reform

Monday, May 10th, 2010

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The marketing campaign is seemingly endless. President Obama is once again touting what he considers as the benefits of affordable health insurance reform.

During his weekly internet and radio address, Obama says that there are already signs of immediate benefits. Even before most of the provisions will become effective, health insurers are taking steps in advance to increase accountability and be more consumer-friendly. They are ending the practice of rescinding policies, and extending coverage for young adults before it is required in order to eliminate gaps.

The president continued to strike at the health insurance companies in order to shore up support for the law before much of his party is up for re-election, while promoting that fact that up to 4 million individuals and small businesses may see tax cuts this year.

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Health Insurance Mandate Will Be On FL Ballot

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

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Republicans in the Florida state legislature just passed a measure that will put healthcare reform on November’s ballot. The amendment would change the state constitution so that the state would be exempted from the health insurance mandate.

If passed by the voting public, the amendment will set the stage for the Supreme Court showdown Attorney General and candidate for governor Bill McCollum has been chomping at the bit for–he is spearheading the multi-state lawsuit that claims the mandate provision is unconstitutional. In order to mount an effective challenge, the federal government must be overreaching against specific state laws.

Even those who realize that the supremacy clause of the United States constitution will probably nullify their own amendment are thinking ahead: they are considering the possibility that Florida legislators in the future would consider similar reforms of health insurance plans. Cynics would claim that the ballot measure is an attempt to inspire more conservative turnout at the polls, especially for the heated Senate race.

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2010 Elections: Health Insurance Reform Trips Up Democrats

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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This year, many Democrats are up for re-election. With much discontent directed at the government (and therefore the majority party), their campaigns are struggling. As a result, a lot of them are attempting to downplay the controversial issue of health insurance plan reform.

Democratic representatives and senators who voted in favor of the legislation are skipping huge, public town hall-style meetings, in order to avoid a repeat of last August’s disasters. When they do major appearances, they largely focus on other issues, especially if they are in more conservative, Republican-leaning districts.

However, they are not necessarily ashamed of their “yes” votes. Far from it; they are making several appearances to tout the benefits of the law, which is meant to increase access to affordable health insurance for their constituents. Admittedly, they are doing that through newspaper opinion pieces, conference calls, and smaller-scale appearances in front of more friendly audiences.

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