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Repeal Health Care Law? Come up with $143 billion!

As political campaigns heat up, one sometimes hears cries of “repeal the health care law.”  Unfortunately, political Solons talking about repeal omit a very pertinent fact.  According to the Congressional Budget Office (and yes, Congress is required to rely on their estimates regardless of what political party is doing the asking) repeal of the health law would cost $143 billion dollars.  Just repealing the provisions dealing with Medicare would cost $455 billion.   So, next time someone starts going on about “repealing” the health care law, ask them how they plan to come up with the $143 billion to pay for it.  Then of course ask them what provisions they specifically would like to repeal.  You won’t get a straight answer on either question.

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  2. Wellescent Health Blog

    October 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    While there certainly would be no way to get a straight answer on this, part of the problem is that as the opposition, the Republicans are having an easier time of ignoring inconvenient numbers while the Democrats are really doing a poor job of selling the reforms. Getting the change to ask this question to the Republicans implies more aggressive activity on the part of the Democrats than they are currently demonstrating.

  3. Lou Meyers

    October 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    New AP poll: Americans 2 to 1 think health reform should have gone further.

    The Republicans are looking more and more like the proverbial dog chasing the pick up truck.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gSXIViw_RWvU3uweKkhKfhAVGgqgD9IF4ET80

  4. AdamL

    October 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

    That’s an interesting poll. Thanks for sharing Lou.

  5. Alex O.

    October 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Thanks Lou.

    The problem is trying to argue fact over emotion. How do deal with folks who are not thinking at all but hearing a half truth and running with it?

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