Republicans Want to Repeal ‘Obamacare’ After Election Win

Repealing changes to health care reform is one of the first goals of the newly-remodeled House of Representatives according to many experts in Washington on Wednesday morning. After taking 58 seats from Democrats and gaining overwhelming control of the House, some say the GOP can’t wait to make big changes to health care. The only problem is it may be more difficult than they would hope.

Replacing Health Care Laws is First Order of Business

GOP candidates pledge that their first order of business when officially taking over the House is to replace the health care laws that were passed in March. These laws were set in place to give health insurance to approximately 30 million Americans who are without coverage.

However, while some Republicans are dead set on doing what they can to undo “Obamacare,” others are acknowledging that taking on such a huge effort may not be worth their time, especially since President Obama has the power to veto.

Not to mention that some parts of health care reform are already popular to Americans and lawmakers alike, including forcing health insurance companies to cover children with preexisting conditions and letting parents keep adult children on their policies until they’re 26 years old.

A Piecemeal Effort is More Likely to Occur

Congressional veterans predict it will be more likely that Republicans will be forced into a piecemeal rollback rather than a full discard since they will be in the position of making President Barack Obama happy enough to not veto what they send through.

A few things they want to change include:

  • Shifting funding power: The GOP would like to give states funding, power and responsibility of extending health insurance to their uninsured residents, similar to how auto insurance already works.
  • Insurance across state lines: They also would like the insured to be allowed to carry their insurance policies across state lines.
  • No government-run insurance pools: The Republicans would also want to get rid of mandated or government-run insurance pools.
  • Malpractice awards capped, more pretax dollars saved: Court awards for medical malpractice would be capped. Also, more pretax dollars could be put in savings accounts, which could be used toward health care.

While this plan would cut deficits by $68 billion over 10 years, some complain it would only insure about 3 million people by 2019, leaving about 52 million uninsured.

With the Republicans’ ability to stall provisions of the law from going into effect now that they have control of the House and Obama’s ability to veto in his hands, there is sure to be a lot of fighting going on in Congress for the next two years.

Hopefully, out of all of the disagreements, Americans will still have a fair shot at affordable health care.