If Romney is GOP's Pick, Healthcare Recedes as Campaign Issue

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media , January 13, 2012

Never mind that Romney's legacy has been plagued by cost overruns since it started. Other surveys show that the majority of people like the provisions in the ACA that, for example, eliminate screening for pre-existing conditions by insurers, and that force businesses with more than 50 employees to either provide insurance or pay a penalty.

The one part the majority consistently opposes: the individual mandate, the constitutionality of which the Supreme Court has yet to rule on. Once you give something to people, especially when it absolves them of some responsibility, it's hard to take it back.

Finally, to stay in power, Republicans would likely have to replace the ACA with something else. After all, with apologies to Ernest Hemingway, the existing "system" was first slowly, then quickly, bankrupting us as a nation. If we do go back, where does that leave hospitals and health systems that have invested copious amounts of time, money and talent into readying and reinventing themselves for the changes? I'm not sure, but I can guarantee it would be a very bad place.

So for all these reasons, and despite all the bloviating about healthcare from your national candidates for the office of president, don't believe it. I don't think they do.

Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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5 comments on "If Romney is GOP's Pick, Healthcare Recedes as Campaign Issue"

Mgreenwood (1/19/2012 at 6:53 PM)
First, Obama originally wanted to give us a choice between choosing to enroll in a system that was already in place, Medicare, or a private insurance company. I think each of us would pay an amount that was a percentage of our pay rather than the employer paying the $1200-1500 per month and the employee paying $535 a month plus any additional costs that arise if the insurance company decides to pay less than the medical provider charges. This plan was discouraged for the sake of the profitability of the insurance industry. If this matter goes to court, the court may have to address quite a few issues that are wrong with the current system like accepting varying payment amounts depending on who is paying. i.e. if I pay cash I must pay much more than the government or the insurance companies. Conflict of the implied work contract between employer and employee (and family) i.e. depending on the employer for more than payment for work. The Constitution wants the government to insure the welfare of the citizens. Healthcare is a social responsibility.i.e. can't take care of yourself if you need medical care. We need to copy the best system in the world. Simple.

Carol Eichstadt (1/18/2012 at 7:52 AM)
I agree with the former comment that the article is slanted towards Obama but my first thought after reading the title and first sentence is that this person is definately a democrat. I do agree with the writer to repeal Obama care is not realistic - too much money and time has been spent on several issues within the ACA. Employers as well as hospitals have been financially impacted by the changes. This is slowing down the economic recovery. I do agree that healthcare should be a right not a priveledge but Obama care does not provide that right to all Americans - only those that are poor. I am a nurse and cancer survivor who is over 60 and would like to retire but can not because I need health insurance. Nurses, in general, do not get health insurance with thier retirement package so I have to wait until I am 65 to retire. Obama care doesn't help me at all, in fact, Obama Care will penalize me if I retire before 65 because I would be mandated to buy (very costly) health insurance. Obama Care is more than a bad system it is not democratic it is socialistic. I do not believe a majority of Americans support Obama Care - actually I have not every spoken with anyone who supports Obama Care.

booch (1/17/2012 at 2:32 PM)
Hey, Al Neuman - your Obama hatred must be more out of control than usual - you actually missed a couple of Fox News talking points here. Of course you don't like REAL reporting, you guys never want to be confused by the facts.




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