Election 2012 Impact: Affordable Care Act
Obama’s Reelection Ensures Affordable Care Act Will Remain. Amid the Presidential election coverage, many front-page stories made mention of President Obama’s healthcare policies, namely the Affordable Care Act, concluding that his reelection means the reform law is here to stay. From Kidney Daily/ASN Newsletter; November 7, 2012
Several outlets also devoted articles exclusively to examining how the ACA will be implemented now that the President has won a second term. All acknowledged that though the law is almost certain to remain in place, the President and his team face several obstacles toward implementing it completely.
In its front-page story on Obama’s reelection, the New York Times (11/7, A1, Zeleny, Rutenberg, Subscription Publication) reports, “For Mr. Obama, the result brings a ratification of his sweeping health care act, which Mr. Romney had vowed to repeal. The law will now continue on course toward nearly full implementation in 2014, promising to change significantly the way medical services are administrated nationwide.” President Obama’s victory and Democrats’ retention of the Senate majority ensures that “ObamaCare is here to stay.”
In its front-page story, the Washington Post (11/7, A1, Fahrenthold) reports “Obama’s victory seems to guarantee that the landmarks of his first term,” like the Affordable Care Act, “will remain in effect.”
Similarly, The Hill (11/7, Baker) reports in its “Healthwatch” blog that the election results ensure “that the Affordable Care Act will not be repealed, and will be implemented as aggressively as possible.” While obstacles remain, including pledges from GOP governors not to implement key provisions of the law and attempts by congressional Republicans to cut some implementation funding, “getting rid of the entire law now seems permanently out of reach for Republicans, who have previously acknowledged that Election Day represented the last chance to stop ‘ObamaCare’ from taking effect.”
Reuters (11/7, Morgan, Yukhananov) echoes these sentiments, reporting that Obama’s victory all but guarantees that the Affordable Care Act will stay in place, though to what extent is still up for debate. Reuters notes that the President still has significant hurdles to overcome, like a Republican-led House and the upcoming debates over sequestration and the fiscal cliff.
The Financial Times (11/7, Rappeport, Subscription Publication) reports that Obama’s victory will likely spur states to begin to implement various provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Modern Healthcare (11/7, Zigmond, Daly, Subscription Publication) reports, “President Barack Obama’s victory serves as a vindication for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, industry experts said soon after the president won re-election Tuesday.” Modern Healthcare quotes several of these industry experts, including Eric Zimmerman, a partner with McDermott Will and Emery in Washington, and Tom Miller, a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.
Kaiser Health News (11/7, Hancock) reports, “President Barack Obama’s victory cements the Affordable Care Act, expanding coverage to millions but leaving weighty questions about how to pay for it and other care to be delivered to an increasingly unhealthy, aging population.” One potential challenge the article points to is the Republican-held House, which “could still use its purse-string power to press for delays in implementing the act, analysts said.”
In a separate report, while acknowledging that “Obama’s re-election ensures the survival of his landmark health care law,” Kaiser Health News (11/7, Galewitz) says that the states represent another potential obstacle to its full implementation. Kaiser notes that “predominantly Republican state officials will get a big say in how it is carried out.”
HHS Expected To Release Major ACA Regulations Soon. The National Journal (11/7, Sanger-Katz, Subscription Publication) reports, “While Congress wrangles over the fiscal cliff and scrambles to find money for the perennial ‘doc fix’ payment formula problem, the professional staff at the Health and Human Services and Treasury departments are also expected to have a full plate, with legislative deadlines for implementing health reform looming and many of the political considerations that slowed regulatory release before the election now off the table.” The article lists several “rules likely in the coming month,” which include those focusing on insurance exchanges, essential health benefits, and Medicaid expansion.