Rhetoric and Reason: Repealing Healthcare Reform

Rhetoric and Reason: Repealing Healthcare Reform

Health care has taken center stage once again as the new congress is debating legislation that would overturn last year's health care reform law. Although the bill is unlikely to be taken up in the Democrat-led Senate any time soon, Wednesday evening, the U.S. House voted 245-189 to repeal the health care reform law.

There have been many criticisms of attempts to repeal health care legislation; one is that the repeal bill, which is unlikely to get past the Senate or the veto pen of President Obama, is merely symbolism and pomp. The name of the bill, "Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act," has also come under scrutiny. Bill Lucket, Executive Director of the Wyoming Democratic Party:

Whether or not the Affordable Health Care Act would in fact “kill jobs” is contested—most nonpartisan analysts contend that it would likely have both a positive and negative impact on job growth, thereby shifting job growth, but whether the net result would be to kill or create jobs is unclear. However, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report saying heath care reform would indeed reduce the deficit—by approximately $143 billion in the first ten years and by $1.2 trillion in the second ten years. Bill says he agrees that it isn't necessarily perfect legislation:



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