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GOP’s zeal for repealing Obamacare seems to have faded

The first bill introduced in the new Congress the other day was a measure sponsored by Michele Bachmann calling for the repeal of Obamacare.

If the bill passes, this would be the 34th time the House has voted to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act. But now there’s reason to wonder if it will pass — or at least pass with anything resembling zealous support.

You see, Bachmann has yet to find a co-sponsor for her bill.

Steve Benen SUMS UP the situation:

For proponents of the [Obamacare] law, there was never a legitimate legislative threat — repeal would never pass the Senate or get Obama’s signature — but Republicans kept up the vanity exercise anyway.

And yet, here we are.

House Speaker John Boehner is calling the Affordable Care Act “the law of the land”; public support for repeal is evaporating; even some conservative red-state governors are cooperating with implementation; and Michele Bachmann’s repeal legislation hasn’t attracted any co-sponsors.

It looks like Obamacare is here to stay.

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  1. That’s too bad, because it is going to be an expensive and rocky ride.

    Her is a letter sent by the CEO of the largest health care system in Wisconsin to all of his employees this week. It nicely details the looming concerns for all hospitals and health care providers in this country.

    http://content.clearchannel.com/cc-common/mlib/4033/01/4033_1357741031.pdf

  2. Here is a local blogger’s summary and commentary of the letter.

    http://www.germantownnow.com/blogs/communityblogs/186171831.html

    For the moment, Turkal advised, this means a freeze on hiring for most open positions, a further careful look at budgets to find those nice-to-have (my term) things that can be done without and the discontinuing of some positions.

    Aurora is not alone in this dilemma; everyone in the health care world, with very rare exception, is facing similar problems. This is the beginning of the necessary reactions to the world that our Congress has created and which it perpetuates.

    People are going to feel the impact. Doctors were widely noted as saying they’d have to reconsider their continuing in their profession if there was no way for them to prosper. The primary care physician ranks, already too small to handle the influx of those who will have health coverage in addition to the loads currently faced, will be hit harder as more doctors move into specialties.

    We are moving into a new world and there is not a good road map yet available with which we can plan our individual routes. Much of ObamaCare has yet to be fleshed out completely. The law was largely an overall structure but without any of the detail resolved. That was left up to Secretary Kathleen Sibelius and the multitude of people she has hired to help her flesh out the skeleton.

    Many entities in the health care system that were told they needed to support the new law since they’d make a lot of money as the result are now seeing the truth. Hospital associations were supporters. Insurance company’s associations were supporters. AARP was a supporter. Pharmacy companies were supporters. All thought they’d found the ‘Mother Lode’; instead they found fool’s gold.

    Our President and our Congress sold us all a bill of goods. As more and more of this bill of goods sees the light of day, we can better understand why this had to be passed in the dark of night without anyone really knowing what was in the bill.

  3. Many many health systems are building gorgeous new multi-million dollar facilities with dark wood, private rooms, fountains, coffee bars, etc. They pay their CEOs high six-figure, and often, seven figure, salaries. Even primary care docs make low six figures and higher. Insurance companies’ profits are in the billions.

    Yeah, what’s the issue, again?

  4. Many, many health systems are not for profit and are located in an underserved medical community. They will be the first to go.

    Primary care docs pay low six figures and higher just to get their degree and then have at least another 3 years of training where they work incredible hours and make 50-60k per year. They then begin their careers as they approach 30 years old having spent literally living every minute of their 20’s to learn their profession. They make life and death decisions every day.

    They deserve every penny they earn and it should be higher.

  5. As far as the fancy facilities at the nicer hospitals, well that’s what the patients (customers) want to have in their facilities. That drives volume, which drives revenue, which lets the facility stay open.

    As far as the six figure plus CEO salaries? They are a blip on the radar of what it costs to take care of patients. These CEO’s are often running companies that employ thousands of people and generate hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. These facilities are highly regulated and their margins of operation are often very tight. They work long hours, sometimes equally as long as the caregivers.

  6. It seems amazing to me that those on the left who are supposed to abhor corporate power have such zeal for the Obamacare Mandate which now sets the precedent that corporations can pretty much force us to do anything just by getting a bunch of politicians to agree to it by a 51% majority vote. How can they not see that eventually a person like Bush will be back in office and now that this power has been granted by them the likes of one of the worst Republican presidents will possess **the same right**. Just bizarre.

    There is although one last hope to end not just the Obamacare assault on the health care industry, but also to end the ominous and definite effects the Roberts’ decision will have on future generations as government and corporations combine to force American citizens to do just about anything by way of the taxation.

    It is called the Mandate Amendment to the US Constitution – short, simple, and common sense:

    “Congress shall make no law mandating the purchase of a product or service from a private entity”

    This is a bold and courageous effort to strike at the heart of this precedent now while much of our country is appalled by the decision and the infrastructure and dependence upon the law is not sewn into the fabric of our country. If we build a coalition now, we will be poised to have candidates pledge support as they run against incumbents next midterm election. We believe in the next election the Democrats will be out of excuses for a failing economy and the country will be well positioned for candidates that favor American principles and therefore this Amendment.

    Please join us, this is our last hope. Just Google Mandate Amendment for more information or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

  7. JRM_CommonSense

    Three words, Supply and Demand. Take a class and learn what it is. I am surprise we didn’t see “death panels” mentioned in that letter and the follow on comments.

  8. How does your advocacy for corporatism and my desire to stop it have anything to do with supply and demand? That is a free market concept that you obviously oppose.

  9. This is just a small taste of the fun to come.

    http://www.myfoxny.com/story/20603065/southwestern-pa-hospital-to-stop-baby-deliveries

    WINDBER, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania hospital will stop delivering babies after March 31 because its obstetricians are either leaving or refocusing their practices, and because hospital officials believe they can’t afford it based on projected reimbursements under looming federal health care reforms.

    The Windber Medical Center, about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, is losing two obstetricians and two others are shifting their focus more to gynecology.

    Hospital officials say the population of women of child-bearing age is dropping and that the number of births the hospital would be called upon to perform isn’t enough for it to provide the service in the face of lower reimbursements under the federal Affordable Care Act.

    The hospital delivered about 200 babies each year since restarting its obstetrics program in 2005.

    Officials aren’t sure how many jobs will be lost.

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