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GOP Splitting On Health Care Repeal Strategy

GOP Splitting On Health Care Repeal Strategy

As the Supreme Court gets ready to consider legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act, Republicans in Congress have also been working to repeal health care reform.

They’re not going after the ACA in its entirety. Instead they’ve targeted one key provision for review and its a decision that has managed to alienate both the left and the far right. That provision is the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of 15 experts that will be tasked with keeping down Medicare per-beneficiary costs and managing provider payments.

The repeal move easily cleared House committees with the support of even a few Democrats. But now tea party conservatives are attacking the Republican leadership for only targeting this provision and begging House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor to not “muddy the water” of the opposition to the health care bill by somehow putting forward the idea that anything less than full repeal was acceptable.

The tension reflects the larger split between the Republican leadership that knows repealing health care reform is a lost cause and would rather take a targeted, strategic win and the base that simply cannot contain its hatred for health care reform.


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10:14PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012


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1:02PM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Is anyone here able to actually articulate accurately what the TEA Party stands for? Not that I'm saying they represent an entirely unified voice, but… what are people SPECIFICALLY concerned about regarding TEA Party beliefs? They don't even seem to be terribly visible at this time.

11:52AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

It is just as inappropriate to get your health care from people who do it only for the money, as to get your sexual urges satisfied by people only interested in your money.
I believe that a majority of hospital staff, general practitioners, and pharmaceutical researchers do their work for love, either of humanity or of the subject itself. But the corporatist religion that is the de facto religion of the USA, the worship of Mammon, is the worship of perhaps the most false of all idols.
Every person who hears and believes the idea that freedom from government ownership and regulation was the core of Adam Smith's economics should actually read "The Wealth of Nations". Smith was Professor of Moral Philosophy at Glasgow University, and would have as little patience with the political Right wing as Jesus of Nazareth would have with Santorum et alii.

6:19AM PDT on Mar 21, 2012

The Tea Party people really do throw a wrench in the political process.

9:33PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Rebecca H = indeed :)

Well You all know the old saying "If you want to Live like a Republican you best Vote for a Democrat"

8:40PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

The GOP has convinced their base that health care reform is all evil, now they must bear the consequences. When you consistently misrepresent the facts, you shouldn't be surprised when people want you to act as if your lies are true.

5:53PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Seriously, Myron, how can someone in this country become an attorney and not understand a concept as simple as sustainability? Speaking of which, what percentage of our representative government is comprised of lawyers, do you think?

5:42PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

The Republican agenda is to bring down Obama and to deregulate everything and repeal any protections for the consumers and the environment. All so their mega wealthy promoters can continue to reap windfall profits.

The bain to the insurance industry is Aoordible Health Care Reform.
On of the things they were incensed about was the requirement that 80% of their profits be used for benefits. They have already gotten a compromise on that. We do need the government option but of course that would eat into their profits so they will fight tooth and nail to defeat that.

Already insurance companies have intruded between doctors and their patients as well as between what drugs they will pay for and how much. I just went through two months of run around by my HMO because I didn't know that you had to keep your Part D Rx coverage with your HMO. If you chose another, your HMO automatically cancelled your coverage and you were automatically enrolled in Social Security's Health coverage. All without notifying me. And I had been with the same HMO insurance company for over 10 years.

The Republicans must go! Vote Democrat and get things moviing again.

5:37PM PDT on Mar 20, 2012

Thank you.

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