Congress cannot build sound market-based health care reform on the foundation of a flawed health care law. Therefore, the health care law must be repealed in its entirety.
The House of Representatives has taken a major step towards full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA—otherwise known as “Obamacare”). Until full repeal occurs, Congress must continue to focus on the core failures and consequences of PPACA and block its implementation to allow time to achieve repeal and lay the groundwork for a new market-based direction for health care reform.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Public Law 111–148, and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Public Law 111–152.
See U.S. Senate Budget Committee Republicans, “Budget Perspective: The Real Deficit Effect of the Democrats’ Health Package,” March 23, 2010, at http://budget.senate.gov/republican/pressarchive/2010-03-23BudgetPerspective.pdf (January 13, 2011); Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “2010 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplemental Medical Insurance Trust Funds,” August 5, 2010, at https://www.cms.gov/ReportsTrustFunds/downloads/tr2010.pdf (January 13, 2011).
PPACA adds a total of 16 million Americans to Medicaid by 2019. See Elmendorf, letter to Pelosi, March 20, 2010.