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Healthcare Reform to be repealed?

Originally scheduled for January 12th, but now delayed due to the tragic events in Tucson, the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives will soon vote to repeal the new Healthcare Reform law. With the Senate – and the Presidency – still under Democratic control, this politically charged vote will most likely pass, but ultimately will be viewed as little more than the GOP keeping their mid-term election campaign promise to “repeal and replace”. The Republicans will, however, begin the fight over the funding of the healthcare program and their defunding efforts may have the effect of delaying or watering down key aspects of the law.

With their new found power, it is now incumbent on the Republicans to put forward their vision of healthcare reform which generally consists of fostering increased competition and choice. And as expected, the Obama administration has already begun to develop a counter-strike strategy, directing the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare a detailed outline of national and state-by-state repercussions if repeal succeeds.

While the specter of another partisan round of politics on health care should discourage us all, it’s unlikely that compromises will be quickly reached. As a result, the law will be in a fluid state over the coming years and employers and individuals alike will be in continuous need of guidance and advice.

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