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Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) — This will be the year when Republicans finally put legislation on President Barack Obama’s desk repealing his health care law.

It’s the first order of business when the House reconvenes this coming week. And it’s a sharply partisan start on Capitol Hill to an election year in which legislating may take a back seat to politics.

Obama will veto the health law repeal, which also would cut money for Planned Parenthood.

But Republicans say that will highlight the clear choice voters face in the presidential election.

In the Senate, early action will be a vote on Sen. Rand Paul’s proposal for an “audit” of the Federal Reserve. That’s likely to get blocked by Democrats.

But as with the House’s health bill, it will answer conservative demands in an election year.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    The PPACA does practically nothing to address the underlying cause of the health care crisis, which is the high cost of actual health care services and healthcare inflation that outstrips the general inflation rate by a ratio of about 2:1. It was the overuse of insurance that led to that situation in the first place, and Obamacare’s mere expansion of that status quo to more people will not stem it.

    As for Planned Parenthood, their most egregious practices wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Roe v. Wade. And if you accept Roe v. Wade, you don’t trust science. Republicans who want to defund PP should (rightly) point out that the Democrats who support it are science-deniers.

  • Andrew

    Repealing the ACA should be a bi-partisan slamdunk purely on financial grounds. Politics doesn’t even have to come into play on this. It is EXACTLY what the detractors and skeptics of the plan said it would be from the very beginning…financially unfeasible.

    We live in a free-market economy, where some people eat steak and some people eat hotdogs. If we want that to be different for health care, we need to change the entire way that health insurance works in this country. We don’t need the government to get into the health care business, or the health insurance business, but we will need the government to completely redesign the regulations governing the insurance industry so that the cost of insurance is not tied to the cost of the provided services. Insurance companies MUST be made to carry a significant portion of the financial risk, and right now they carry none of it. It is all shouldered by the health care providers and the health care customers, and that is simply not tenable. With the insurers carrying little to no financial risk they become nothing more than middlemen, serving no real financial purpose…from a purely monetary standpoint, at this point eliminating health insurance entirely would lower health care costs to the point where most people could afford to pay for the health care they need, as they need it, and out of pocket.

    The government has no more business telling doctors and hospitals how to run their businesses than they do telling art galleries what art works they can and can’t show or what flavor cakes that bakers can and can’t make. If insurance companies can’t make money providing a fair and equitable service to everyone, then they should be allowed to fail! If society is at a point where health insurance is more financial trouble than it is worth, it needs to get dumped in favor of something else. Dumping the ACA is a very good first step in that direction.

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