Obamacare repeal debate, vote could reap benefits later

AFTER a brief hiatus in deference to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other victims of the Arizona shootings, the House of Representatives is scheduled to discuss repeal of the new federal health care law this week.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: January 18, 2011 at 5:49 am •  Published: January 18, 2011
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The requirement that every American buy health care insurance starting in 2014 is the program's most intrusive facet and one of its most unpopular, opposed by a 2-to-1 margin in a recent AP-GfK poll. “There's other ways we can get people into the (insurance) pool — I hope — other than a mandate, and we need to look at that,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., told MSNBC recently. Yes, McCaskill is up for re-election next year.

No doubt there are avenues to encourage participation other than the compelling hand of government. That and reorienting the program into one that works to control medical costs — which Obamacare doesn't do — should be high on the Republicans' to-do list after the repeal vote is taken.

The new GOP House won't be able to completely uproot Obamacare on its own. But it can begin the walk back from last year's partisan legislation, starting this week.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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