• Aaron’s latest CNN column

    Aaron asked me to post a link to his latest CNN column on the repeal vote (what else?). Find it here.

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    • Aaron is right. This law will not be repealed…it will be partially struck down and then amended that is constitutional and both parties can live with.

      It is naive to believe folks who think that reform didn’t happen because the insurance industry, the drug industry and the AMA deigned it not to occur. Nor should we be so cynical as to believe that those interests can truly stand in the way of 100 million voters. These voters were affronted by the way the party in power wheeled and dealed to get the law through. They fired a bunch of them, and dozens more are in jeopardy.

      If the powerful medical lobbies want to salvage this law, they need to cut a deal with the angry Americans who never supported it and want it gone.

    • Aaron is right that there will be no legislative repeal. But when he talks about ..

      “They may attack the mandate (although the insurance industry will fight that). They may go after other aspects that are relatively unpopular.”

      What other aspects? When you get past the conservative-driven demonization of ACA as an overall concept, I don’t believe any of the individual components of the bill poll negatively, other than the individual mandate. And as Aaron rightly points out, the insurance industry will oppose any effort to remove the mandate as fiercely as they opposed reform up until it appeared inevitable in the wake of Obama’s election.

      There may be close to 50% who disapprove of the ACA in general, but that 15-20% of that half are people who want more ‘radical’ reforms, such as the public option or single payer. Actual support for ‘total repeal’ of the law is not a majority position.

      To date, two judges have ruled the entire law constitutional, and a third specifically limited his ruling to the mandate part of the law, despite the petitioner asking for the whole law to be ruled unconstitutional. If the Supremes.. I mean, if Anthony Kennedy eventually strikes down the individual mandate, consider what happens then…