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Posts Tagged ‘Midterm Election 2010’

The ‘Affordable’ Care Act, another Christmas bah-humbug

Monday, January 11th, 2016

The Hill Reports:

“‘Tis the season for giving—and for the Affordable Care Act, it’s become the season for giving bad news. For the third year in a row, open enrollment has given millions of hardworking Americans news that their health insurance will have higher premiums, fewer choices, and more out-of-pocket costs—if their insurance will even exist after the holidays are over.

But this sad reality won’t be found in the flowery rhetoric of the law’s supporters. From President Obama to Hillary Clinton to many candidates for both the U.S. Senate and House, politicians are claiming the law is a smashing success. This might make for a good stump speech for the base, but these claims carry huge political risks: They sound woefully disconnected from the struggles millions of Americans are suffering under this law.


Republican Sights Set on PPACA

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Aetna Reports:

No sooner had the Republicans gained control of the House in Washington, D.C., by an impressive margin, than they declared their sights were set on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. A day after the elections Republican leaders vowed to seek repeal of the nation’s health care reform law. With the Senate still under Democrats‘ control and a Presidential veto waiting in the wings if needed, outright repeal is virtually impossible. But the rhetoric signals that a new round of partisan debate over health care reform is about to get underway. And, Republicans could successfully chip away at some of the law’s provisions. Just as importantly, Republican gains in numerous governorships and state offices are expected to bolster efforts in many states to weaken the federal law via enforcement and implementation at the state level.

This won’t be the case in Illinois with a Democratic Governor. Implementation is set to go forward on schedule.

What Now, for Health Reform?

Friday, November 5th, 2010
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Lockton reports:

“Human resource and benefits managers–and perhaps a lot of CEOs and CFOs–who in recent weeks had begun thinking seriously about the impact of federal health reform on their profitability, workforce structure and health plan viability, may have awoken Nov. 3 asking, “What now?”

What now, indeed. As Republican candidates in federal, state and local races swept into office in historic numbers, promising a change in the course of government, attention has centered on the impact of the election results and on the future of the federal health reform law.

The answer is: Don’t expect much in the way of change. At least not yet.

Health-care reform: After big GOP gains, will it be repealed?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

The Christian Science Monitor reports:


Even with a broad and historic majority, House Republicans have formidable roadblocks to delivering on a top campaign promise: to repeal or dismantle comprehensive health-care reform.

An outright repeal would have to get past a Democrat-controlled Senate and, more formidably, the Democratic president, who made health-care reform his No. 1 domestic priority earlier this year. Republicans don’t have the two-thirds majority required in both Houses to override a presidential veto.

Republicans to Take On U.S. Health Law, From Taxes to Insurance

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
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Bloomburg reports:

By Laura Litvan and Drew Armstrong

Congressional Republicans pledged to repeal the health-care overhaul President Barack Obama signed into law in March. Once they consolidate power, the strategy will more likely resemble death by a thousand cuts.

House and Senate Republicans already have written at least 30 bills to roll back provisions in the law. The success of some efforts would mean WellPoint Inc. and competing health insurers may escape regulations to set their patient-care spending, while Boston Scientific Corp. and other medical-device makers dodge $20 billion in tax increases in the next decade.

With networks projecting that Republicans have won the seats needed for control of the House, the party also plans to target budgets of agencies implementing the health-care law.

Brady, Quinn miles apart on health care overhaul

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The South Town Star reports:

BY CARLA K. JOHNSON, The Associated Press

Republican Bill Brady says he’d work with Congress to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul if elected Illinois governor, while Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn says he’d do everythig to implement the law if given a shot at a full term.

Business Looks to Republicans to Block Rules, Taxes

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Blomberg reports:


House and Senate Republicans have written at least 30 bills that would roll back provisions of the health-care overhaul Obama signed into law in March.

Such efforts may help Wellpoint and rival health insurers escape regulations on how much they spend on patient care and let Boston Scientific Corp. and other medical-device makers dodge $20 billion in tax increases over the next decade.

What will a GOP win mean for health-care reform?

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

The Washington Post Reports:

The question is not whether Republicans want to repeal the health-care overhaul. They do. “We offer a plan to repeal and replace the government takeover of health care,” reads the 2010 Republican Agenda.

The question is whether they’ll succeed.


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