Republicans are revamping their strategy against President Barack Obama's health care law: If they can't repeal the whole thing, they'll try to pick off pieces. Starting with a new and unfamiliar bureaucracy.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans are revamping their strategy against President Barack Obama's health care law: If they can't repeal the whole thing, they'll try to pick off pieces. Starting with a new and unfamiliar bureaucracy....
WASHINGTON — When Republicans seized control of the House four years ago, Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, took over the House Energy and Commerce Committee and compared his plans for President Barack Obama’s health care law to strategy in the game of Jenga, in which players remove wooden blocks one by one from a tower until it collapses.
“It’s like this game,” he told me back then. “We’re going to pull out the pieces.”
As President Obama moves with surprising forcefulness to implement elements of his second-term agenda — including gun control, immigration, and taxes — it's worth remembering just how scattered and lost his administration appeared to be for long stretches of his first term.
WASHINGTON — Three years after campaigning on a vow to “repeal and replace” President Barack Obama’s health care law, House Republicans have yet to advance an alternative for the system they have voted more than three dozen times to abolish in whole or in part.
Officially, the effort is “in progress” — and has been since Jan. 19, 2011, according to GOP.gov, a leadership-run website.
This guest column by Secretary Locke was published in the Seattle Times on Friday.**********WHEN Republicans vote next week to repeal the Affordable Care Act,
they are voting to repeal a new level of control that American families
have over their health-care decisions.
They are also voting to make American businesses less competitive in the global economy.
Because just 10 months after its passage, the act has brought badly needed change to the American health-care system. The law:
• Prevents children with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage;
• Eliminates lifetime caps on the dollar amount insurance companies will spend on enrollees' benefits, like cancer treatment;
• Allows children to stay on their parents' insurance plans until they are 26;
• Gives tax credits to small businesses to help them afford health care for their employees; and
• Takes meaningful steps to lower costs and improve the quality of health care for all Americans
But from my perspective as U.S. commerce secretary, one of the most
important benefits of the law is that it will make American businesses
more competitive by reining in rapidly increasing health-care costs.
As President Obama has noted: "We are in a fierce competition among nations for the jobs and industries of the future."
The Affordable Care Act will allow American businesses, large and
small, to improve their performance against foreign competitors, most of
whom have significantly lower health-care costs.
The cost savings are real, and they will grow over time.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing tea party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington. The Republican establishment also is signaling a willingness to strike back at the tea party in next fall's elections.
President Obama did not include any groundbreaking legislative ideas in his State of the Union last night. He continued to push Congress to raise the minimum wage and pass immigration reform while vowing to take more unilateral actions, starting by raising the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 an hour.