Healthcare News November 8, 2012

  • Cantor vows bill to repeal health law’s contentious board

    House Republicans will take aim at President Obama’s divisive Medicare cost-cutting board during the new Congress, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) wrote Wednesday.

    The alert came in a letter from the House Majority Leader to his GOP colleagues lamenting Mitt Romney’s presidential loss and outlining ways for Republicans to pursue tailored interests legislatively.

    Cantor said that repealing the health law’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is one effort that could garner support in the Senate over the objections of Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.). 

  • Conservatives begin to admit defeat in their 3-year war against ‘ObamaCare’

    “Repeal of the whole thing, I just don’t see now how that’s possible,” said a conservative healthcare consultant.

  • Analysis: 20 states will run their health-law exchanges

    Twenty states will operate their own insurance exchanges in 2014 under President Obama’s healthcare law, according to a new analysis.

    Avalere Health released its estimate after Obama won a second term on Tuesday, a victory that all but ensures the Affordable Care Act’s future.

    Governors have a choice as to whether to implement the law’s exchanges or leave the task to the federal government. A third option is a “partnership” model in which the state and federal government jointly manage the marketplace. 

  • Social conservatives say Romney should have hit harder on abortion

    Mitt Romney should have spent more time debating President Obama on abortion, a leading abortion-rights opponent said Wednesday.

    Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, said Romney took a weak position on abortion that set the tone for Senate candidates. She said Romney was “wobbly” on social issues and called on conservatives to redouble their focus on abortion.

    Most of the focus on abortion this year stemmed from Republican candidates’ statements about abortion in cases of rape. It started when Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) said women cannot become pregnant from “legitimate rape,” and Indiana Senate candidate Richard Murdock followed with comments that pregnancy resulting from rape is “God’s will.”

    Romney should have launched a more aggressive attack to avoid fighting on those terms, Dannenfelser said Wednesday at a press conference organized by several conservative organizations.

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