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Ear to the Ground

GOP Gears Up to Take Down Health Care Reform

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Posted on Jan 4, 2011
White House / Pete Souza

President Barack Obama pumps his fists while talking with senior staff in the Outer Oval Office in July 2009. From left are Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the Office of Health Reform; Peter Orszag, former director of the Office of Management and Budget; Phil Schiliro, assistant to the president for legislative affairs; and Larry Summers, former director of the National Economic Council.

Emboldened by their big wins in last fall’s midterm elections, Republican members of Congress are sharpening their battle axes with the aim of hacking away at the health care reform legislation that President Obama and the Democrats took such great pains to pass while they commanded the majority in both houses. The GOP may not succeed in repealing the bill, but they can still hit it where it hurts the most: on the monetary level.  —KA

Reuters via Google News:

The reforms, passed early last year as the legislative high point of Obama’s first two years, were aimed at addressing the huge cost of U.S. healthcare and eventually extending health insurance to all Americans.

But Republicans, portraying them as a costly extension of government control over people’s lives, have vowed to reverse them and set a House vote on their repeal for January 12.

While such a drastic move faces a block in the Senate, it will give a stark signal of their intentions and foreshadow a dogged campaign to cut off funding for the many changes due in coming years.

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By Mike, January 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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Of course the Republicans (and some Democrats) are desperate to rescind the reform because if the State exchanges happen (Federal where the States won’t play), it will be the end of the private insurance business as we know it.  All individuals and small businesses will sign up with these huge exchanges becuase they should have better premiums and they cannot be dropped or denied renewal.  And many employers may drop health insurance all together, telling their employees they can get their own in the exchange.

Re: government control over people’s lives - apparently the Republicans do not consider denial of reproductive choice as government control over women’s lives.  No, everything is about money as stated by others.

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By RayLan, January 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment

I would say Reps are poor losers except they didn’t really lose- the so-called Health reform is a gift to the Health Insurance gougers. They want to make a show of not letting any kind of government regulation prevail against the sacred Corporation (what Reps call ‘freedom’).
Let them try. They will snarl and snap until the whole thing is so obstructed that it will be as though it never happened. Neither the economy nor the deficit will be any better for it, considering the tax-cuts for the rich.

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By felicity, January 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

“Government control over people’s lives”?  Of course,
Republican hacks, rescind health-care reform and the
government control over many people’s lives will be
devastating - pre-existing condition?  No health
insurance for them.

Control, bull shit. Putting more obscene dollars in the
pockets of the health-care consortia is what this is
really about.

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By Maani, January 5, 2011 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

One can only hope that all these absurd moves by the GOP/TP - attempting to repeal the health care bill, attempting to pare down Social Security and Madicaire, reading the entire Constitution aloud in the House, being “sworn in” officially, etc. - will backfire, showing them for who and what they are, and making them look foolish, vainglorious, and, frankly, stupid.

One can only hope…

Peace.

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By Jim Yell, January 5, 2011 at 10:21 am Link to this comment
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The truth is we need National Health Care, but we don’t need health care from the For Profits,who have been at the center of making American Healthcare unaffordable even for minor needs.

Pharma and everyone else in healthcare have gotten used to unsustainable profits, which in turn have priced out the ill from receiving care. Getting involved in healthcare is a short road to bankruptcy.

While I hope the bill is overturned, as I don’t see it as helping anyone receive care, that doesn’t mean I don’t think we need some serious regulation of the entire industry and we need a system that doesn’t bankrupt individuals or the government. This current bill that we waste so much verbage on is neither.

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By johncp, January 5, 2011 at 5:16 am Link to this comment

Obama manages to pass a bill that all previous democrats failed to pass.  But at what cost?  Hillary’s efforts were the last ones taken, on behalf of Healthcare.  It’s what we can’t see that tells, here.  Would Hillary have succeeded, if she’d made the same concesstions Obama made on behalf of the insurance companies?  It looks to me, that Obama, who brags about the “signature,” the “unprecedented,” the “historic” victory he can claim in passing Healthcare, has done little more than given the masses 10 cents, and given the Insurance companies 10 dollars in exchange.  If the republicans manage to take the 10 cents away from us, we’ll probably reach a compromise at 5 cents.  If they can’t repeal, Obama will go on bragging, the insurance company’s big shots, will laugh their heads off, as they go on drinking their celebratory martinis. Everyone will be happy.

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By David J. Cyr, January 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment

Theater!

If the (R)s did “take down” the Obama mandated greater ProfitCare for more denial of sick care that the (D)s “took such pains to pass” for the insurance corporations that wrote the legislation, then the (R)s and (D)s would be confronted with the obvious solution again… Single-Payer.

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By purplewolf, January 4, 2011 at 5:44 pm Link to this comment

Why can’t we make these idiots pay for all of this BS out of their own monies.Better yet lets fire all these a—h-le-? And let’s also take away all of their free health care because as the Repugs like to claim, it is socialized medicine and that we the little people don’t have a right to medical coverage unless we can afford it.Well they don’t pay for their coverage, we do.

Tell all the women who are forced to become human incubators and bring forth the next generations canon fodder for the elites wars,you would think that they would want healthy fighters for their games of folly and assure that they have adequate affordable medical.
These depraved corrupt liars need to be forced to give up their medical, 6 yr. requirement to receive full pensions and all the other perks the average worker in America only dreams of. These political con men are really public servants and should be paid no more than minimum wage, unless you go with Mitch McConnells view of paying less than $2/hr, more than any of these bought and paid for corp mouthpieces are worth if paid for the and any real work they do.

And since Lindsy Graham-R,revealed this weekend that he wants permanent army bases in Afghanistan, another forever war, much like our German bases still up and running over 50 yrs later and in order to balance the budget or slow down government spending,Lindsay wants to cut social security. Yep, war is the top priority and hurting the American people seems to be the only goals of the GOP. The repukelican party makes me sick.

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By Aaron Ortiz, January 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

What a colossal waste of time and taxpayer money…on both sides of the aisle.

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