The ACP Advocate Blog
by Bob Doherty
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
ObamaCare is here to stay
With the re-election of Barack Obama and Democrats retaining control of the Senate, the debate over the future of ObamaCare is over: it is the law, will remain the law, and will be fully implemented in 2014. To the extent that there is still a question about its future, it is whether the states will agree to expanding Medicaid to all of the poor and near poor and to set up marketplaces to buy subsidized private insurance. Every state that says no to either or both will take away from the law's promise of taking of covering nearly all Americans. And the fact remains that the public remains deeply divided about the law. Still . . . there is a chance, a hope, a promise, a potential, that the country can move past the polarized, ideological debate over repealing ObamaCare on one hand (won't happen) to making it better (could happen). The election doesn't settle which choice the country will make, except that it will not be repealed. But I hope that when realization sets in among the public that ObamaCare won't be repeated, there will be a renewed willingness to take what is good about the law, especially coverage of the uninsured, and make changes where needed (how about real medical liability reform as a start?) to make it better Today's question: What do you think the election mean for ObamaCare?
About the Author
Bob Doherty is Senior Vice President, American College of Physicians Government Affairs and Public Policy; Author of the ACP Advocate Blog
Email Bob Doherty: TheACPAdvocateblog@acponline.org.Follow @BobDohertyACP
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