GOP Priority Is “Full Repeal” Of Heath Care Reform
The Republican Party says it plans to do everything in its power to stop the Affordable Care Act from working properly.
Republican lawmakers said, for example, that they would propose limiting the money and personnel available to the Internal Revenue Service, so the agency could not aggressively enforce provisions that require people to obtain health insurance and employers to help pay for it. Under the law, individuals and employers who flout the requirements will face tax penalties.
Moreover, Republican leaders said, they plan to use spending bills to block federal insurance regulations to which they object. And they will try to limit access to government-subsidized private health plans that include coverage of abortion — one of the most contentious issues in Congressional debate over the legislation.
House Republican Whip Eric Cantor is going to do everything he can to repeal “Obamacare.”
“If all of Obamacare cannot be immediately repealed, then it is my intention to begin repealing it piece by piece, blocking funding for its implementation and blocking the issuance of the regulations necessary to implement it.”
“In short,” Mr. Cantor said, “it is my intention to use every tool at our disposal to achieve full repeal of Obamacare.”
So, Republicans are going to fight to keep punishing children and the uninsured who can’t get health care because of preexisting conditions. They’re opposing tax credits of up to 50% of premiums for small businesses that offer coverage. They’ll fight to keep lifetime caps on coverage, stop preventive care, keep the doughnut hole that increases prescription costs for seniors and they’re going to try to stop 20 million low-income Americans from having health care coverage.
The law provided $11 billion for community health centers to serve 20 million more low-income people, including many expected to gain coverage under the law. Many Republicans, including President George W. Bush, have supported such clinics.Click here for reuse options!
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