According to many media outlets today, the Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to formally propose an alternative health law. The end of the Affordable Care Act is within sight, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says, outlining Republican plans to propose legislation for the alternative health law later this year. “In my opinion, Obamacare is on borrowed time,” the Virginia Republican said in an interview for Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “As we begin to see the further growth in terms of implementation of this law, you will see, I believe, more and more people negatively affected.”
The political impact and contention of the health reform is no secret to any American who’s turned on their television in the past few years even a few times. The legislation is President Obama’s signature piece of legislation and has been years in the making. The debate rages on both sides of the isle and throughout the public as the mandate has taken effect this year and the exchanges have opened. The enrollment numbers have been watched carefully, the technical challenges of the exchanges a major point of criticism, and the impact to the healthcare consumer has, largely, been yet to be determined. Everyone in the country knows reforms in healthcare are needed so that costs can be reduced, access enhanced, and outcomes improved. Private industry, startups, insurance companies, hospitals, doctors, and many stakeholders throughout the country continue to contribute their energy and enthusiasm in meeting this challenge.
We’ll see if this Republican alternative health law gains any traction, today or further down the road, perhaps after Obama’s term in office concludes. What’s clear is that the debate will rage on and our nation will continue to push to get continuous improvement on their healthcare. Too many people still can’t afford the basic health services they need and our system is still too opaque.