The Bitter and Sweet of Health Care Reform

Blog Post
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Republicans say they are working on new proposals after the House on Thursday approved repeal of last year’s health care legislation.

The 245-189 vote was considered largely symbolic because the President and Democrats, who control the Senate, support the original legislation. Several House committees, however, are still planning to work on alternative plans.

Even after voting for repeal, some Republicans praised popular elements in last year’s law such as a ban on the denial of insurance coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions.

The problem is that the popular features are funded or otherwise made possible by less popular parts of last year’s bill. Retaining costly improvements in the health care system while doing away with the less popular measures to support them is a recipe for disaster as health costs skyrocket for individuals and businesses, federal deficits increase, or both.