Obamacare dies; so what’s next?


July 12, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Yesterday, Congressional Republicans voted unanimously to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act which is President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. They didn’t offer — much less approve — replacement health care reform legislation, despite the fact that many of them campaigned in 2010 on a promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

If the Republicans win this crusade, there still will be 50 million or more Americans without health care coverage; health insurance companies will still deny affordable policies to children and adults with pre-existing conditions; those who get really sick will still find their policies cancelled; others will discover that they have exceeded the limit their policies will pay; families with offspring will discover they can no longer keep them on the family policy until they are 26; seniors will be told they must pay more for prescription drugs — in short, all of the holes in America’s health care system will spring wide open again.

But yesterday’s House vote was purely political. It was the 31st measure to repeal or defund Obamacare that House Republicans have passed. The Senate will ignore this one as it has the past 30. 

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