Dems Get Talking Points To Fight Health Care Repeal

A clash of political will over health care reform is looming over the House of Representatives and set to engage as early as next week. Democrats now in the minority are moving fast to discredit the move to repeal the landmark legislation passed last March.

Speaker John Boehner could
call for a vote on repeal as
early as Jan. 12.

“The Republicans’ NoCare plan would raise the number of uninsured by 32 million, balloon the deficit, raise health care costs for seniors, and raise taxes on small businesses that provide health care for their employees,” said Rep. Pete Stark, while attempting to coin a twist of the phrase Republicans have given to health care reform known as “ObamaCare.”

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) went out of their way Tuesday to provide talking points against Republicans who aim to put repeal of health care reform up for a vote in Congress at the behest of a large number of Tea Party candidates who were swept into government last November.

HHS said repeal of health care reform bill will add over $1 trillion to an already outsized deficit. In California alone, 196,000 young adults under 26 will lose insurance coverage gained through their parents’ plans. Over 4.5 million seniors may be forced to dole out co-pays for preventative services and annual check-ups, while nearly 270,000 Medicare beneficiaries will incur higher prescription drug costs.

In addition, the HHS also warned key sections of the law would be dismantled, including forcing insurance companies to pay out a minimum of 80 percent of premiums on services. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, in his first official act today, required insurers to meet the required threshold in advance of likely opposition to the plan on Capitol Hill. Current state law calls puts health insurance companies on the hook for 70 percent.

The likelihood of repeal is very remote given Democrats still control the Senate along with the backup of a presidential veto if it were somehow manage to gain a majority in both chambers. Republicans have mentioned pulling apart the legislation in a piecemeal fashion, which ironically, is how Democrats cobbled together enough vote for passage last year without a super majority in the Senate. A victory for repeal in the House, though, would be highly symbolic and pose a problem for Democrats in 2012. “All of this slows it down, by slowing it down it gives us a real opportunity, when we take over the Senate and or the White House in 2012, to take this law apart piece by piece,” a Senate Republican aide told Reuters.

It is clear, the outcome of the process Republicans use to repeal reform in the House will go a long way in showing just how loud the tenor of anger in the party against the current administration portends for easing gridlock in the Capitol and how the loss of a part of Democrat’s possession of the Senate and White House stymies the president’s agenda for the next two years.


Categories: congress, Dave Jones, Democrats, health care, insurance, Pete Stark, Republicans, U.S. Senate

6 replies

  1. Too bad Stark. The American's are taking back our country.


  2. “Under the Republican repeal effort, insurance companies would once again be able to drop people when they get sick. . Children with pre-existing conditions would be denied coverage,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. “Young people will not be able to stay on their parents' insurance until they're age 26. Pregnant women and breast cancer survivors could be denied coverage. Seniors will face an increase in their prescription drug costs, millions thrown back into the Medicare Part D doughnut hole.”


  3. Once again all lies above. And what are you talking about?


  4. Good catch with Wassermam-Schultz quotes. I noticed them today too on one of those MSNBC shows. To clarify, I wasn't trying to be critical of the existence of common talking points in this discussion, just that they exist and this is how Washington works.

    If you pay close attention you'll eventually find they all say the same things. Check out Dominic Dutra above this stories. He's basically saying the same thing as Cassidy.



    Not my problem, or yours or any other American.

    My heart bleeds. No one gives a rats ass about me other then me. Just like no one gives a shit about you, but you.


  6. Sounds like the theme of a good movie project Nick. Rats Ass, now a movie.


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