Healthcare Stakeholders May Balk at Full Repeal

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media , July 2, 2012

But there are parts of PPACA that health plans support and intend to continue, with or without the individual mandate, such as coverage of dependents up to age 26 and the elimination of lifetime policy limits. A full repeal of PPACA would eliminate these provisions, which are popular with policyholders and voters.

At issue in this election year is whether the law could be amended by this Congress to address industry concerns. Will the House continue with the theater of the repeal, which has no support in the Senate and essentially leaves PPACA intact? Or is there an opportunity to take more meaningful action and repeal provisions such as IPAB, a move that has bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House?

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Probably the former.

Chris Condeluci, an attorney with law firm Venable in Washington, D.C., says that "between now and the November elections, nothing will be done to the law because the politics aren't there." He adds that the timing of any potential action will be critical.

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