Has anyone been following all of this about how the House, and now Senate, Republicans are now considering reinstating many of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provisions if the Supreme Court does happen to strike down the law?
Media sources have been a-buzz for the past few weeks with rumors that Republicans are now considering preserving some of the law’s most popular provisions, like coverage for pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26, and closing the Medicare donut hole.
Speaker Boehner last week reiterated his committment to repealing the entire law, but that hasn’t seemed to stop the conversation at all.
It’s not clear yet what the Supreme Court will come back with, but the fact of the matter is that millions of Americans - including many who were initially opposed to the law – have already started to feel the benefits of the law firsthand. Taking these benefits away if the law is struck down will result in huge backlash against the party that has been fighting tooth and nail to repeal it – and it’s an election year.
In New York alone, over 150,000 young adults have already gained insurance through their parents’s plans as a result of the ACA, and another 3,400 who were previously unable to get coverage because of a pre-existing condition are now covered. Thanks to the ACA, 280,000 small businesses in New York now have access to tax credits to help them with the cost of providing health insurance to their employees. New York’s seniors on Medicare have saved nearly $160 million on prescription drug costs due to the new law, and over 3 million folks with private insurance now get free preventive care.
Backlash? You betcha there will be a backlash! Guess we will just have to wait and see what happens. In the meantime, here are some articles on the issue from around the web:
“Health Care Reform: GOP Preps Plan for Ruling on Law,” Politico, 5/16/12
“Health Law’s Downfall Could Put GOP in an Odd Spot,” NPR News, 5/24/12
“Are Republicans Bending on ‘Obamacare’?” Talking Points Memo, 5/28/12
“Senate Republicans Signal Big Shift on ‘Obamacare,’” Talking Points Memo, 5/30/12