Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Battle Lines Drawn on Effort to Repeal Affordable Care Act

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Though White House spokesman Robert Gibbs dismissed a vote by House Republicans to repeal the new health-care law as "not serious," the Obama administration is prepared to mount a full scale defense.

This afternoon, Gibb told reporters that the effort to repeal "is not going anywhere."

Concurrently, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new analysis showing that without the Affordable Care Act, up to 662,000 non-elderly Idaho residents who have some type of pre-existing health condition, like heart disease, arthritis or cancer, would be at risk of losing health insurance or denied coverage altogether.

"The Affordable Care Act is stopping insurance companies from discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions and is giving us all more freedom and control over our health care decisions," said Sebelius.

As part of their repeal effort, Republicans warn that 650,000 jobs will be lost if the law is allowed to stand.

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