Health Group to GOP: Don’t Repeal Health Reform
January 13, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—As House Republicans prepare to hold their sham vote to repeal health care reform with a bill, called “The Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” many health companies and business groups are not on board with gutting reform before it has a chance to become fully enacted. Despite the GOP’s overheated rhetoric that health care reform is a Socialistic government takeover, more rational members of the business community realize whatever Republicans manage to replace the health law with would makes things worse, not to mention the billions that would be added to the deficit if repeal actually succeeded.
The usual suspects, such as the right-wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business support repealing the Affordable Care Act, but other business groups point to the positive reforms of the law that they support and don’t want to lose.
The Wall Street Journal breaks down the “often-overlooked features” of the health law, such as subsidies for small businesses and insurance exchanges that the business community is embracing.
“The big-company Business Roundtable is quieter: Many of its members doubt the Obama law does enough to restrain costs, but regard repeal as neither practical nor wise. Wal-Mart, for one, echoes this, saying, in effect: We don’t want to go back to where we were.”
“At the National Business Group on Health, a collection of nearly 300 big employers, President Helen Darling, a former corporate-benefit administrator and Republican Senate staffer, says about executives who call for repeal: “If they really understood it, they wouldn’t.”‘
“I don’t think we’ll get a better solution in the U.S. in our lifetime” she said. “If it gets repealed, or gutted, we’ll have to start over and we’ll be worse off.”
Of course, the repeal vote has no chance of making it through the Democratically controlled Senate, and if by some miracle it did, President Obama would strike it down with his veto pen. Still, the House GOP has pledged to gut health reform “piece by piece” and try to starve it of funding.