Posts Tagged - ‘healthcare reform repeal’

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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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Can Healthcare Reform “Repeal and Replace” Promises Be Trusted?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

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The Republican party is staunchly against the Obama administration’s healthcare reform law. So much so, that its politicians promise that if they regain the majority in Congress, one of their first tasks will be to repeal “Obamacare”. Then, they promise that they will replace it with a more moderate, business-friendly solution.

What they promote sounds like a good idea–retaining the popular measures, such as making it easier for people with pre-existing conditions to buy a health insurance plan; while dropping the potentially troublesome elements like the individual mandate.

However, history may make some skeptical of the GOP’s pledge. After helping to torpedo President Bill Clinton’s health insurance reform proposal in the early 1990s, they basically ignored the issue for over a decade of controlling the House of Representatives and the Senate. In the meantime, the issue became more pressing–and may need more drastic solutions than it did back then.

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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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Voters Want Healthcare Reform Changes, Not Repeal

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

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The news isn’t great for Democrats who supported the healthcare reform overhaul: a majority of likely voters in the November midterm elections still aren’t big fans of the legislation. Republicans counting on an electoral sweep shouldn’t be too happy either; the wholesale repeal of the bill they have been pushing for isn’t very popular either.

Then, what does the American public want? According to a poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, a majority would vote for a candidate that is willing to give the law a chance to work, but fix and improve it. Independent voters are especially open to that strategy by a 57%-40% margin. Although they’re still skeptical that the law will have a positive impact and make affordable health insurance more widely available, just 42% prefer the hypothetical candidate that would go back to the drawing board and repeal the current legislation.

Indeed, last month’s special election in Pennsylvania seems to confirm this viewpoint. The Democratic candidate, who expressed similar views (he would have voted against the bill, but looks to make improvements to what is now law), defeated the Republican candidate who sought total repeal.

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