Later today the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on whether to repeal the controversial health reform law. The outcome isn’t in suspense. The measure will pass the GOP-controlled House, but won’t see the light of day in the Senate.
But the certainty of the outcome hasn’t stopped both sides from reigniting the health reform debate. Since health reform is now the law of the land, Democrats are saying that Republicans want to take away popular benefits like free preventive care and bans on discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. And Republicans are hitting the budget issue hard, saying that repeal is the only way to keep the health reform law from sinking the economy.
Check out next week’s Policy & Practice Podcast for all the details on the debate and what will happen after today’s vote. But if you can’t wait that long to get your health policy fix, listen to today’s podcast for more on lawsuits challenging the health reform law, how the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission plans to stay relevant, and how many physicians plan to take advantage of new government incentives for the adoption of electronic health records.
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— Mary Ellen Schneider (on Twitter @MaryEllenNY)