The big political story this week is the State of the Union address. A year ago, President Obama stood before Congress and asked lawmakers not to “walk away” from reform when they were so close to passing it. They listened. Now, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, but Democrats no longer control the House.
Despite the role that health reform’s passage may have played in Democratic defeats last year, the President is expected to defend the new law in his speech. Meanwhile, Republicans are showing no signs of letting up on their campaign to convince the public that the law is too expensive. Leaders in the new GOP-controlled House are holding hearings this week to look at the effects of the law on jobs and the economy.
For more on Republican push back against the law, medical liability reform, and the latest implementation news, check out this week’s Policy & Practice Podcast:
— Mary Ellen Schneider (on Twitter @MaryEllenNY)