They are finally here: The rules on how physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers can form the alliances known as accountable care organizations (ACOs). The proposed rules will give all interested parties lots to think about. Clocking in at some 400-odd pages, the proposal brought howls of protest from Republicans.
Said putative Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich: The proposal is yet another example of government overreach. He and GOP colleagues said they supported the concept of ACOs, but that the Obama Administration is going too far in what it’s prescribing for the organizations.
Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, at a House hearing, Republicans attempted to portray health reform as a major deficit booster. And, at a press briefing, several House Republicans chided AARP for its support of the Affordable Care Act, saying that the law would help the seniors’ lobbying group gain millions of dollars from the sale of supplemental Medicare policies it endorses.
Basically, 1 year after passage, it was yet another week of sparring between Democrats and Republicans over health reform.
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— Alicia Ault (on Twitter @aliciaault)