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Health care 'repeal and replace': Wrong order?

At some point early in most individuals' careers, sometime between the first dressing down they get from a busy boss and their first promotion, they learn a simple lesson: Don't go to people with a problem. Go to them with a solution.

But it is that simple idea that seems to be missing from the House Republicans' vote Wednesday to repeal the health-care law. The 245-189 vote, which is unlikely to be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate and would surely be vetoed by the president, does little more than symbolize Republicans' opposition to the landmark bill, which mandates coverage to people with preexisting conditions, extends children's coverage on their parents' plans until age 26 and, among many other things--some more controversial than others--requires that most individuals retain health insurance. While just one in four Americans say the bill should be repealed entirely, some 41 percent still oppose it.

Republicans, of course, defend the vote by saying if there is such opposition to the bill, "why keep it on the books?" as Speaker of the House John Boehner asked during Wednesday's debates. They also point out this is only the first step in their "repeal and replace" strategy--House Republicans plan to turn next to the four committees who are beginning to draft alternative legislation instead. That is, of course, if their plan to try to cut off funding for the bill doesn't work out, or their attempts to repeal certain aspects of the law don't either.

But it's hard to vote against something if you don't know what might replace it. Republicans could have turned first to the "replace" part of their strategy, developing an alternative piece of legislation that would similarly insure 30 million people at a lower cost, but do it in a different way than the current law proposes. Once that was drafted, they could have then tried to repeal the old law, with potentially more support for an actual substitute solution.

Instead, they tried to act quickly to undo rather than explaining exactly how they plan to move forward. They complained about a problem, but offered no tangible solutions for fixing it. Whatever you may think of the health care reform law--and even many supporters lament that it is flawed--it's a start to a deeply problematic systemic issue our country must face one way or another. Most would agree it needs amending in some fashion. And perhaps it's problematic enough that an entirely new piece of legislation would make sense. But leaders who want to improve upon it would do better to suggest alternatives first, and then work to overturn the problems later.

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The Republicans don't want universal health care. They have no plan. They aren't working on a plan. They are lying through their teeth about this health care bill. They've got theirs and you don't matter, unless you're a lobbyist with big bucks to spend. They just want to destroy what President Obama and the Democrats have accomplished. Are they going ever deal with the problems this country has? I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: MNUSA | January 20, 2011 6:22 PM

Repeal, period. End of discussion. Flush Obamacare ASAP. Defund the entire government by at least 20%. I saw the list of proposed budget cuts by the repubs. I say go for it. Why did that list not appear on the Wapo? Never mind, enough people have seen the list, and it's consequences are coming straight at you.

Goodbye NPR, NEA, and other useless and wasteful Taxpayer funded programs. You don't like it? Go see NJ Gov. Christie's answer to the teacher's unions on cutting their programs. Get another job - if you're able.

Posted by: txoh | January 20, 2011 6:01 PM

You can't replace it first. The way Washington works, that would just mean we would have two bills on the same subject, with attorneys making a fortune off of the conflicting details.

Posted by: kesac | January 20, 2011 5:31 PM

The repeal that the House has passed is political posturing, but its not just posturing. The Republican-dominated Supreme Court (I know its not supposed to be a political body but it's acted like one) will likely declare the current law unconstitutional, so what substitute the House and Senate can agree upon is important.

The biggest issue is how can iniquities that existed without the health insurance law be addressed in any substitute. In my opinion the priorities include (not necessarily in this order):

- keeping health care costs affordable
- making health insurance portable, so you don't lose coverage when you switch jobs
- no exclusion of pre-existing conditions
- not allowing insurance providers to drop you when your care becomes expensive
- providing critical health care to the uninsured without making hospital emergency rooms bear the cost
- providing preventive health care to the uninsured because its supposedly less costly to catch problems early (actually its cheaper to just let the uninsured die, but that's clearly not an option acceptable to civilized people)
- not allow insurance companies to cherry pick those least likely to need costly health care, because that drives up the cost of insurance plans available to everyone else.

The sticky issue is how to do away with pre-existing conditions if people can wait till they get ill to buy a policy. One way might be to add a tax that covers the costs emergency rooms now provide to the uninsured, and give a tax rebate to people who have purchased insurance that meets some minimum standards. (A rebate is needed instead of a deduction because the working poor who are ineligible for Medicare may not pay make enough to pay income tax. ) Combine this with permission for insurers to exclude pre-existing conditions for people who did not purchase insurance during an eligibility period. This is similar to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

Posted by: BTMPost | January 20, 2011 4:33 PM

The Republican House should forget about reforming Obamacare. Don't try to give a makeover to a basically flawed structure. Instead, pass medical consumer legislation designed to lower costs, including:

(1) Tort reform to reduce medical costs. Take away licenses to practice medicine instead of paying big bucks for medical mistakes. Either the doctor is good enough to practice medicine or isn't. Recognize no doctor is perfect, but don't let bad doctors buy their way out of mistakes. Don't let lawyers win lottery jackpots from contingent fee cases.
(2)Interstate medical insurance reform to increase competition across state lines. State regulations should protect the public from the insurace companies not havoing the financal resources to meet their obligations, not limit the types of policies, coverage scope and price.
(3) Guarantee access to catastrophic insurance - meaning states cannot deprive people and employers of the right to purchase catastrophic insurance.
(4) Require doctors to post fees clearly so consumers know what they are buying and can shop for best price.
(5) Prohibit doctors and hospitals from charging different patients different fees for the same services, which would remove the penalty on people who pay their own medical bills. The current system enriches insurance companies by requiring uninsured patients to pay more than insurance companies and government pay.
6) Remove restrictions on Medicare/Medicaid patients paying the doctor/hospital more than the Government pays, which would increase the number of doctors willing to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients.
(7) Extend Medicare/Medicaid to Americans outside the US. Let patients choose foreign doctors/hospitals to increase competition. Cover transportation costs, if total cost is less.

Posted by: jfv123 | January 20, 2011 4:19 PM

For those wanting to know where the constitution prohibits health care legislation, you should be aware that the federal constitution is a grant of authority to the federal government. The presumption is the federal government is not supposed to do anything unless the constitution says it can.

As far as repealing first without replacing, it is essential to repeal in order to defeat the inertia that otherwise will prevent replacement. It is a statement that what exists is illegitimate and has to be reformed.

As for public support for the bill, it is entirely possible that support is not distributed evenly across the country so that support is concentrated in fewer districts than the number of districts where opposition is the majority view.

As for those who receive benefits, that number is less than the number who have to pay for it. Whether it is admirable or not, this is not an altruistic country when it comes to paying taxes for other people's benefit - all you have to look at is the resistance to making schools better.

Posted by: Ashland | January 20, 2011 4:17 PM

First off, Dennis, I have watched Fox News and IT IS NOT NEWS. It is rightwing propaganda and only a moron WOULD NOT know that. Are you a moron? Then the next time you post here you apologize to us all for using Fox News as a source. Got it?
Second, you make all kind of claims, but where are the facts to back those claims. This article expressed an opinion, nonpartisan, that perhaps you should have a replacement for a program before you repeal it. Now, maybe the Republicans do not want to provide health insurance to the 50 million uninsured, or force companies to cover preexisting conditions. That is an opinion I do not share but it is an opinion. Then they should man up and say so. Get on the floor of the house, vote for repeal, and say WE DO NOT WANT TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE to those who do not have it.
As far as those death panels, we liberals do not really have to go far for a template. There are death panels in Republican Arizona right now. What do you think of those?
As for the wait for a colonoscopy in Canada verses the wait in the US I can only say that I lost my health insurance with my job. What is my wait? A year? Four years? Forever?

Posted by: nyrunner101 | January 20, 2011 3:43 PM
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As you might have noticed, NYrunner,
I never called you names. I made point "not" to be offensive, and obnoxious. The difference must be in background, and upbringing.
But, even when I lived in the NY area, I'd still "not have" called you names.
But, to your point. Fox News, is one of the few, or perhaps, the only source of Media, wherein you can get both sides of most political, or current subjects.
I've been, on your side.
I'm sorry that you lost your job. We exhausted our Insurance benefits, before my wife's needed Thyroidectomy, in November. If we'd had "no Insurance" as opposed to having exhaused our benefits, the State University Hospital would've done the procedure at no cost. But, with Insurance, but, with exhausted benefits, they're billing us $14.000.00,, with only ten percent down.
I "still" consider our situation much better than O'bamacare.
Sorry, I have to go, my dog is calling me.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | January 20, 2011 4:03 PM

Replace it with what? The status quo as it was before the HCB passed? Republicans have no solutions. That's why they're "conservatives". They don't like change. Think about how stagnant life would be if the world was run by "conservatives".

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | January 20, 2011 4:00 PM

I remember President Obama giving the Repugs many opportunities to have input into the designing of the healthcare law and they refused to get involved in the process.. they had no ideas then and they have no ideas now.. just a bunch of naysayers who believe that by repealing healthcare they are somehow hurting Obama and elevating their chances of gaining power in 2012..guess what you are hurting no one but the people who need healthcare the most and you are damaging your chances in 2012 with this arrogant self-centered and immature stunt.
Posted by: sabrina2 | January 20, 2011 1:17 PM
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Sabrina, I'll assume that you're female, and likely a lady, so, I won't say that you're "not" telling the truth. I'll only say that your comments are opposed to what actually happened when Republicans attempted to offer input to the Healthcare Legislation. The Democrat Leaders, rebuffed them, beginning with O'bama, Harry Heid, Pelosi, and others. Do you remember that O'bama saying, "The Republicans can come along, but, they'll have to sit in back? I really don't think that O'bama ever had to "sit in back" but, he's being vindictive, in rememberance of his Father, and Grand-Father.
In any case. He "never" expected to allow any Republican to have input into his Healthcare plan.

There are rather easy solutions, to the Insurance problems, Sabrina. Each of the 50 States has an Insurance Commission, and an Insurance Commissioner, who's charged with regulating each Insurance Company, that's licensed to do business in their State. The Commisssion can add, change, or mold laws and regulations, to affect whatever outcome, the State desires. The Insurance Companies only operates, in "that State" at the pleasure, and permission of, "that" Insurance Commission/Commissioner.
Some of the outrages, are stark, and blatant. Cigna, last year, awarded their CEO, or a former CEO, $110.000.000.00, Yes, One Hundred and Ten Million Dollars, in either 09, or 2010. This amount of money is asinine, outrageous, and borders on the same Criminality as did the Original Ponzi Scheme.
Take a look;
Cigna Gives $110.9 Million Compensation Package To Ex-CEO
Mar 20, 2010 ... Bell left the company abruptly that year -- no reason was given for ... Cigna newly retired CEO received $14.6M in 2009 | The Daily Caller . ... man gets $110 million bonus for making it impossible for him to obtain one. ...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/20/cigna-gives-1109-million_n_506974.html - Cached
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | January 20, 2011 3:47 PM

Shadowsmgc wrote:

O'bamacare will devastate jobs, and income, in all classes.

Death panels, are the plan, and intent, of the Left. They're still planning to carry them out.

Hate, is openly blatant, and perpetual, on the Left, you can see it demonstrated, but, only on Fox News.
The Mainstream Media, avoids showing it.
Dennis
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First off, Dennis, I have watched Fox News and IT IS NOT NEWS. It is rightwing propaganda and only a moron WOULD NOT know that. Are you a moron? Then the next time you post here you apologize to us all for using Fox News as a source. Got it?

Second, you make all kind of claims, but where are the facts to back those claims. This article expressed an opinion, nonpartisan, that perhaps you should have a replacement for a program before you repeal it. Now, maybe the Republicans do not want to provide health insurance to the 50 million uninsured, or force companies to cover preexisting conditions. That is an opinion I do not share but it is an opinion. Then they should man up and say so. Get on the floor of the house, vote for repeal, and say WE DO NOT WANT TO PROVIDE HEALTH INSURANCE to those who do not have it.

As far as those death panels, we liberals do not really have to go far for a template. There are death panels in Republican Arizona right now. What do you think of those?

As for the wait for a colonoscopy in Canada verses the wait in the US I can only say that I lost my health insurance with my job. What is my wait? A year? Four years? Forever?

Posted by: nyrunner101 | January 20, 2011 3:43 PM

Former Liscensed Insurance Agent.
There's nothing good, that can come from a State run Healthcare system.
There are "no stastics" that can prove O'bamacare, to work to the benefit of most Americans.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | January 20, 2011 3:19 PM

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Tell that to people with pre-existing conditions that have the ability to pay but are denied coverage anyway or those that have the ability to pay but are deliberately priced out of the market by private companies because they are considered risks. I know several people who fit this description and I'm quite certain they would disagree with you.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 20, 2011 3:42 PM

Look at Boehner's voting record. He has NEVER voted for any kind of health insurance reform.

He has voted time and again to all health care costs to grow larger than domestic and salary growth by double digits.

Posted by: shadow27 | January 20, 2011 3:35 PM

This article is funny. The Repubs ran the entire government for 6 years and didn't do anything about health care, what does that tell you?? Their prescription drug plan helped the big drug corporations and raised the price of all prescription drugs. Why would anyone want the Repubs to have a health plan the only people it will help is insurance executives. Republicans helping the rich get richer, thats their motto.

Posted by: rj2008 | January 20, 2011 3:32 PM

shadowsmgc,
Coherent thought is a start. Your statements are nothing more than opinions that lack any statistical backing. With the exception of the middle class statement my statements were backed by statistics.
Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 20, 2011 3:02 PM
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Hate, if you can spell "statistical," without benefit of Spellcheck, you're much too bright to believe what you're writing.
I speak as a Former Democrat, Jimmy Carter, ugh, and as a Former Liscensed Insurance Agent.
There's nothing good, that can come from a State run Healthcare system.
There are "no stastics" that can prove O'bamacare, to work to the benefit of most Americans.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | January 20, 2011 3:19 PM

Okay, libs. Show where EXACTLY in Art. 1 Sec. 8 congress has the authority to provide HC?
Well?
Posted by: illogicbuster | January 20, 2011 2:08 PM
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Stop being an ignoramus. Show in that same article where it says congress doesn't have the authority to provide HC. It's so hard to actually have a serious discussion with silliness like this.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | January 20, 2011 3:17 PM

Good article. Bad choice for Republicans who continue to promote no real solutions. I'm sorry but the Republicans act like children when they don't get their way.They are using everyone of us as a pawn to get back at Obama who made this law.So they are mad and the games begin. They have no desire to get this country back on track. They just want to go backwards and dilly dally with precious time that we could be using to work on all the other major problems our country has inherited. What the heck are you Republicans doing in DC besides derailing our country? One for all and all for one! Read the oath one mo' time that you took when you came to office. I think there is something in there that says you have to protect our country and keep the citizens safe.There are millions of people who you represent that are less fortunate who are sick and dying on the vine because you choose to play games with people's life. Shame on you and remember President Obama has the final word
1. Posted by: CB52 | January 20, 2011 1:51 PM
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There’s no way, that O’bama, has the final word.
His intent is to destroy America, as we know it.
Read “Dreams of My Father.” His dreams, are not likely, your dreams.
Also, there is no such thing as a Pre-Existing Condition, only failure to plan.
Try to imagine that “You’re the Insurance Company.
Are you going to insure me, a cancer, and coronary by-pass, survivor, at the same price, and rate, as you would a healthy 18 year old?
If you would, I want to buy my Insurance from you. After the hurricane, flood, or fire begins.
Or, after I’ve totaled my car.
Are you taking all Pre-Existing Conditions?

Did you know that the wait time, for acolonoscopy, in Canada, is now 140 days?
Compared to an average wait if seven days, in America.
Which system do you want to bet your life on?
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | January 20, 2011 3:08 PM

Jena the Republicans do have a proposal but no one listens. They have stated they will vote to repeal the HCA to show a symbolic compliance with what the people want for their Health Care via the last election.

Secondly they will attempt to take the individual parts of the HC Act apart one at a time, examine and then bring to a vote. That is how it should have been done in the first place.

If all this fails don't forget the House is where the money comes from not the Senate. They could easily shut off the money supply to the various agencies and stop the crimes such as abortion and death panels which we know to be true due to the words that Obama added to the executive order the other day.

I am surprised that the WP is allowing for so much opining on this and the Tuscon shootings? What is happening here? I have written to the Ombudsman several times and they always reply that they have a well balanced group each day. I don't think so?!

Posted by: pechins | January 20, 2011 3:07 PM

shadowsmgc,

Coherent thought is a start. Your statements are nothing more than opinions that lack any statistical backing. With the exception of the middle class statement my statements were backed by statistics.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 20, 2011 3:02 PM

"Okay, libs. Show where EXACTLY in Art. 1 Sec. 8 congress has the authority to provide HC?

Well?"

Two things. One, since we're trying to be all Constitutional-law scholar-ly and stuff, where in Art 1 Sec 9 is it prohibited? Well?

Two, where in this bill was Congress providing the health care? The "public option" caused the biggest hue-and-cry, and thus disappeared.

States mandate you get car insurance. If you don't, there are punishments - fines, tickets, whatever - in place. Same with the "get health care or pay a fee/tax/fine."

Posted by: sdstine | January 20, 2011 2:54 PM

ILLOGICBUSTER: I can't offer a specific rebuttal to your reference to the duties of Congress in as enumerated in Section 1, Article 8 of the Constitution, but if you read the Preamble, it does establish the Constitution to "promote the general welfare", which is admittedly so vague that you could figuratively drive a truck through the hole of ambiguity that it provides.

I would pose a question to you. Since you appear to be a very strict constructionist, do you also advocate the repeal of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?

BTW, don't assume by my response that I am a liberal, although I see no great offense to be one. To me, the word" liberal" is no more or less offensive than the word "conservative".

Posted by: MillPond2 | January 20, 2011 2:48 PM

Does repeal create one job? NO
Does repeal reduce the deficit by at least one penny? NO
Does repeal strengthen the middle class? NO
Does repeal do exactly what the death panel health insurance board rooms want? YES
Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 20, 2011 2:16 PM
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Appeal of O'bamacare will save hundreds of thousands, if not millions of jobs of Doctors, Surgeons, and other Medical Professionals. Will you agree to work for progressively less money? If you won't why should "your" MD?

The "only" practical way to reduce the deficit, is to stop the increase in spending.

O'bamacare will devastate jobs, and income, in all classes.

Death panels, are the plan, and intent, of the Left. They're still planning to carry them out.

Hate, is openly blatant, and perpetual, on the Left, you can see it demonstrated, but, only on Fox News.
The Mainstream Media, avoids showing it.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | January 20, 2011 2:45 PM

Does repeal create one job? NO

Does repeal reduce the deficit by at least one penny? NO

Does repeal strengthen the middle class? NO

Does repeal do exactly what the death panel health insurance board rooms want? YES

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 20, 2011 2:16 PM

Okay, libs. Show where EXACTLY in Art. 1 Sec. 8 congress has the authority to provide HC?

Well?

Posted by: illogicbuster | January 20, 2011 2:08 PM

Given the history of the past two decades, it is difficult for me (centrist that am I--and certainly no dogmatic liberal) to trust that the GOP will actually come up with viable solutions that form a realistic "replacement" plan. Given that what they love to deride as Obamacare is really a kind of Romneycare or GOP-response-to-Hillarycare-circa-1994, they are resisting ideas that have been advanced by their own people. So I think we are left with "repeal-and-PROMISE-to-replace (but with no real intention to do so)." How do we trust them? Some of the right-most Republicans (think of folks like Jim DeMint) have been vocal in their opposition to virtually any reform that would threaten their corporate paymasters.

So, GOP, prove me wrong, please (I'm quite serious--I'm listening) . . . . Otherwise, your repeal vote, aside from being political flatulence (sound and fury meaning nothing since it's DOA), really is a vote for the status quo and/or an act of real cynicism.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | January 20, 2011 1:54 PM

For more that a month I have been telling the Repelicans to replace before repeal. I think there is a legal factor here. Ok, so they shot themselves in their right foot, they can still limp but if they continue they way they are going with no visable or viable plan they will reach 2012 in a wheelchair with both hands bandaged up and no way to vote. Somebody wheel them home please! Randall J. Marlowe, Buenos aires

Posted by: ranjackmarlowegmailcom | January 20, 2011 1:53 PM

For more that a month I have been telling the Repelicans to replace before repeal. I think there is a legal factor here. Ok, so they shot themselves in their right foot, they can still limp but if they continue they way they are going with no visable or viable plan they will reach 2012 in a wheelchair with both hands bandaged up and no way to vote. Somebody wheel them home please! Randall J. Marlowe, Buenos aires

Posted by: ranjackmarlowegmailcom | January 20, 2011 1:53 PM

Good article. Bad choice for Republicans who continue to promote no real solutions. I'm sorry but the Republicans act like children when they don't get their way.They are using everyone of us as a pawn to get back at Obama who made this law.So they are mad and the games begin. They have no desire to get this country back on track. They just want to go backwards and dilly dally with precious time that we could be using to work on all the other major problems our country has inherited. What the heck are you Republicans doing in DC besides derailing our country? One for all and all for one! Read the oath one mo' time that you took when you came to office. I think there is something in there that says you have to protect our country and keep the citizens safe.
There are millions of people who you represent that are less fortunate who are sick and dying on the vine because you choose to play games with people's life. Shame on you and remember President Obama has the final word

Posted by: CB52 | January 20, 2011 1:51 PM

I have read several articles from this woman and I can attest to a severe lowering of standards by the WAPO choosing this woman.

Evidently the liberals in this country want to totally dismiss the results of the elections: a major shift in the House with 87 Republicans and progress in the Senate. Most significantly Governorships and major changes nation wide changing the political map. The great majority of these folks ran as Conservatives or Tea Party representatives and they ran to REPEAL this horrible piece of legislation as the first agenda item for Congress. And our Republican House Representatives brilliantly yesterday took a major vote to Yes, REPEAL Health Care, a Government take over of 1/6 of our economy.

No, my friend, you have totally ignored the many times that our Republican leaders came forward and announced their pieces of proposed legislation and Yes, they were totally shut down by the democrat manipulators who IGNORED the will of the people and shoved down our throats a major government expansion and control with this legislation.

And you are forgetting that what the Republican leadership wants to do now in listening to their constituency is to run the House in a totally different manner with total transparency and trying to be bi-partisan as opposed to dictator Pelosi and her minions.

So, what is the order of business? First, a vote to get rid of this Legislation followed by steps to begin the formulation of a common sense and individually oriented health care legislation that will follow the wishes of the people in this country.

Hallmarks in this plan will be portability, medical malpractice, respect for life, insuring the pre-existing conditions and a plan that respects the patient doctor relationship that was violated by the current legislation. And in the formulation of this new plan cost containment and restrictions on insurance companies will be paramount.

And last, what will be a major shocker to you will be the democratic way in which our Republican leadership will conduct business meeting their opponents half way and making this a bi-partisan effort, which was totally lacking by the democrats since they took power. And this extends to Harry Reid who thinks he is a King in the Senate and who will step and squash this Legislation. But he is forgetting that his Senate is no longer what he is used to. Many Democrats in the Senate could be shifting and he could be underestimating the leadership of Minority Rep. Leader McConnell. No, Mr. Reid your cards are being watched by many and your days of undue influence are counted. The will of the people needs to be respected.

Republican leadership needs to stay firm in their path and quest to REMOVE THIS HORRID LEGISLATION.

And then we will continue on our path to select a new President that can solidify the retaking of our country from this horrible last 2 years. ENOUGH!

Posted by: Hispana | January 20, 2011 1:36 PM

There are 2 ways to handle the situation. 1) Instead of the Feds requiring health care insurance, the Feds ought to withhold Medicare/Medicaid money from states that don't require health insurance. That neatly skirts the Constitutional issues revolving around the Commerce Clause.

2) There ought to be a list of people that have intentionally opted out of health insurance. The ERs in all hospitals would have the list and would be allowed to turn those people away.

Posted by: cyberfool | January 20, 2011 1:29 PM

The republicans should NOT replace anything. They should get the government OUT of our healthcare business. It is not the governments JOB to provide healthcare. It is a personal resposibility and medicine is a free enterprize. "If government can give you everything you need, government can take everything you have", so the quote goes.

Posted by: brnfream2 | January 20, 2011 1:26 PM

Real Health Care Reform will ONLY happen "when Congress no longer gets free health care" which is different from that being debated and crammed down the voters mouth. While over 46 million Americans remain uninsured and millions more underinsured, members of Congress receive health-related services that many in the U.S. will never see. The best part, they don't pay for it, taxpayers does! I do not see this as a Republican verses Democrat issue. All of Congress is a recipient of a sweetheart deal, free at taxpayers expense. This has to be repealed and they need to be forced to take whatever they vote into effect for the rest of the voters. Does it make any sense that they complain about government spending when they consistently vote themselves a raise in salary? The voters should be the only ones qualified to approve Congress raises or freezes of pay. In conclusion the voting taxpayers have been duped for decades into thinking these "career politicians" have your interests in mind when designing and passing legislation. They do not! And both the Reps and Dems continue to get additional perks and benefits by voting and passing these for themselves! Put both paries in floor sack, shake em up and dump them out and you will see here is no difference. Health Care Reform needs to start with Congress losing their special interest and health policy.

Posted by: Templeton62 | January 20, 2011 1:21 PM

I remember President Obama giving the Repugs many opportunities to have input into the designing of the healthcare law and they refused to get involved in the process.. they had no ideas then and they have no ideas now.. just a bunch of naysayers who believe that by repealing healthcare they are somehow hurting Obama and elevating their chances of gaining power in 2012..guess what you are hurting no one but the people who need healthcare the most and you are damaging your chances in 2012 with this arrogant self-centered and immature stunt.

Posted by: sabrina2 | January 20, 2011 1:17 PM

POSTED BY: THECHAMPISHERETOO: "Teabagger, you probably need to get out of your mothers basement and meet some new people."
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How do you know that the poster was a h0m0?

Posted by: illogicbuster | January 20, 2011 1:09 PM

Sometimes you have to let the Baby Cry!

Posted by: minco_007 | January 20, 2011 1:09 PM

Jena McGregor babbled, :Replace first, then..."
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Umm, get an IQ. You can't replace a law without eliminating it. GOD! Can't the ComPost afford writers with IQ's

Posted by: illogicbuster | January 20, 2011 1:07 PM

The difference between Republicans and Democrats is that in a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Republicans will always pick Scissors.

The economomy is faltering? Cut Taxes.
The government is in defecit? Cut Taxes and Spending.

Unemployment is high? Cut Taxes, Spending and Regulation.

Gas prices are high? Cut Taxes, Regulation and Environmental Protections.

There's only 3 things Republican's will spend on. Guns (aka Security), Farm and Oil Subsidies, and Roads.

Tho only social policies Republicans will advance are those that keep the majority of the population ignnorant or or blindly loyal. So they'll reduce funding for schools and universities while pumping money into the private institutions that only the rich can afford to attend and insert religion into every corner of American society so that those who practice blind faith will follow them like so many Lemurs.

Posted by: ArtDodger69 | January 20, 2011 1:00 PM

The idiot personal fowl said of Jena . . .

Your writing abilities are weak at best and your main argument is that you need to have a solution before completely overturning the law that no one person I have ever met thinks is a good idea.
Posted by: Personal_Fowl | January 20, 2011 12:34 PM

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Teabagger, you probably need to get out of your mothers basement and meet some new people.

Or, better yet, get out of your end of the world bunker, and "mingle". You clearly are clueless and have aligned yourself with like minded fools!

Posted by: TheChampisheretoo | January 20, 2011 12:56 PM

If the point is that the government shouldn't be involved in health care then the solution is to repeal, not replace, Obamacare.

Posted by: tk221 | January 20, 2011 12:55 PM

I love how people dismisses 15% of the population as irrelevant (Reminder: 15% of 300M people is still 45M, which does not sound like an irrelevant number to me).
Does that mean that 10% unemployment rate is also an small percentage?
I bet that the reason why they think both numbers are acceptable is because they are both insured an employed, and somehow think they will never be on the other side.
To those 45M people, please dissapear, you are obviously not worth compasion.

Posted by: irene7 | January 20, 2011 12:55 PM

simple dont force people that dont want health care its no need to making them do something they dont want to do but when your health is failing dont run to the government for help because when u had the chance to get health insurance you turned it down

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | January 20, 2011 12:50 PM

I wonder why Sarah Palin hasn't stepped forward and suggested a plan since she was so opposed to the bill? I guess it is easier to talk than walk the walk.

Posted by: GBED989 | January 20, 2011 12:48 PM

jwtx,
The Betty Ford Clinic is calling. Please pick up.
Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 20, 2011 12:17 PM

Not only that in the new health care bill it cost you 5000 big ones when you die. SO YOUR FAMILY IS STUCK PAYING THAT BILL! "GONGRESS YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME!"
Posted by: JWTX | January

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Hahaha Hateisnotavfamilyvalue . . . fun-ny!

Bad old "gongress"!!!

Hahaha

Posted by: TheChampisheretoo | January 20, 2011 12:47 PM

Jena, you sad, ignorant little woman.

Put all the partisan bickering aside for a moment and listen to the logic you are expecting me to swallow:

There is MAYBE 15% (probably more like 11%) of Americans who cannot obtain health coverage due to cost and/or pre-existing conditions.

So, the plan is to dismantle the entire system so something can be done for that small percentage? Please tell me you possess even some level of intelligence, enough to understand that's flat-out moronic.

That law will be undone over the course of a long weekend once the next administration comes to town. Thank God!

You want to dole out cheap coverage with guaranteed acceptance for the very small percentage of folks that want and cannot obtain it? Fine.

How about writing a story speaking to the constitutionality of a law that mandates a citizen purchase something from the government or else face fines.

Your writing abilities are weak at best and your main argument is that you need to have a solution before completely overturning the law that no one person I have ever met thinks is a good idea. That falls flat and is more your opinion - which is wrong by the way.

When there is an utter and complete disaster on the horizon, there is no need to work toward an alternative - THE ALTERNATIVE IS TO REPEAL THE LAW!

Hellllooooooo! McFly!

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | January 20, 2011 12:34 PM

Pollsters could do us all a favor by telling us why people oppose the HCB. There are many good things in the bill (that obviously never occurred to the GOP or they would have done something about health care insurance when they were entirely in charge) and some things that need to be reworked. The MSM could also do a better job in reporting lies that the GOP and TV/radio pundits mouth off about (like so-called non-existent "death panels") instead of hiding you heads in the sand. Have none of you ever tried fact-checking?

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | January 20, 2011 12:30 PM

jwtx,

The Betty Ford Clinic is calling. Please pick up.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 20, 2011 12:17 PM

Not only that in the new health care bill it cost you 5000 big ones when you die. SO YOUR FAMILY IS STUCK PAYING THAT BILL! "GONGRESS YOU CAN FOOL SOME OF THE PEOPLE SOME OF THE TIME BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL OF THE TIME!"

Posted by: JWTX | January 20, 2011 11:49 AM

All of you idiots who want this health care bill, in it gongress exempts themself from so they don't have pay there fare share. You do though. in this bill when you sell you home the Government gets 3.7 percent of sale of your home. New Taxes in this bill is to stick it too the working class an gongress pays nothing. No wonder 80 percent are utterly completely against it!

Posted by: JWTX | January 20, 2011 11:43 AM

All of you idiots who want this health care bill, in it gongress exempts themself from so they don't have pay there fare share. You do though. in this bill when you sell you home the Government gets 3.7 percent of sale of your home. New Taxes in this bill is to stick it too the working class an gongress pays nothing. No wonder 80 percent are utterly completely against it!

Posted by: JWTX | January 20, 2011 11:40 AM

Its simple you Simpletons in Gongress! America wants the same as your health benefits nothing but the best health care. We will not except you all Exempting yourselfs from the Health Care Bill, because you did this an hid new tax laws made all working class pay while you all don't, no way in hell man get it through your thick sculls we don't want any part of the health care bill! Make a new one an let every american read it as well as we damn well expect you all to read it, not blindly try to pass it on to Americans an you never even read it in the first place what incompatent Gongress is!

Posted by: JWTX | January 20, 2011 11:34 AM

It really should have been easy to do. They claim to have a whole list of alternate/better approaches to fixing our over-priced inefficient healthcare delivery system. I thought they already had the bill drafted. at least, that is what they claimed in the 111th Congress. If so, put it forward with CBO scoring that shows an equal or better way of insuring the uninsured, addresses all the repugnant denial practices, and does it at an equal or better savings to the budget/economy and cuts overall cost.

Bring that bill to the floor with an ammendment to repeal the current bill. If you really have a solution you should be ready to debate it and bring it up for a vote. Then you could blame the Democrats for not listening to the American people.

Leader Pelosi should insist that the Speaker produce his party's bill so that it can be debated and voted on by the full House, so America can see that Congress is responding to their call for reform.

Nah! That is just wishful thinking. The Republicans don't have another plan for healthcare reform. THE CURRENT BILL IS THEIR PLAN. The President adopted all their ideas. So, now they don't have any to put forth as alternatives.

The Minority Leadership in the House needs to really focus like a laser on pointing out the Republicans total lack of solutions for any of the problems facing this nation from the economy to the national debt to the budget to the healthcare. Take every opportunity to inquire from the Well of the House what bills are they going to offer to address all these huge propblems. Get it all out there on C-SPAN for the people to see the Republicans lack of concern for dealing with these issues.

Posted by: old_sarge | January 20, 2011 11:29 AM

The Republicans keep on giving right now. Only a small percentage of the population want the bill repealed without further action (replace). If yesterday is indicative of their plans and nothing moves forward from there it is nothing short of Democratic gold. It shows what all who supported the bill last year inherently knew. The Republicans have no intention of passing any health care reform. Any talk otherwise is nothing more than a sixteen year continuance of meaningless lip service. If Americans wait for the Republican plan then we will perpetually wait while they continue to cash their checks from the health insurance lobby or the real death panels.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 20, 2011 11:23 AM

"But leaders who want to improve upon it would do better to suggest alternatives first, and then work to overturn the problems later."

Ah, but we're not dealing with "leaders" here are we? We're talking about "Republican politicians." That's another thing entirely. Their goal is not to create new legislation that would cover an additional 30 million people. They see no use in that. However, they see great value in frustrating the legislative efforts of their nemesis, Barak Obama. They're just following their nature.

Posted by: jp1954 | January 20, 2011 10:51 AM

This article is just silly in this hyper political climate. Asking the GOP to provide reasonable and rational solutions to a problem they helped create?

Posted by: Norcal | January 20, 2011 10:46 AM

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