January 7, 2013

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The Heritage Foundation’s Alyene Senger reports some good news on Obamacare:

Though the government’s entitlement spending is still spiraling out of control, taxpayers have finally caught a break: The recently passed “fiscal cliff” deal included the repeal of one of Obamacare’s worst provisions, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act.

The CLASS Act was a new entitlement program included in Obamacare. CLASS was created as a voluntary, government-run long-term care (LTC) program. It was supposed to be fully funded from the premiums paid by its beneficiaries and require no federal taxpayer dollars.

But the program was so poorly designed—much like the rest of Obamacare—that even the Obama Administration had to admit it wouldn’t work.

Today’s Morning Bell points out other elements of the law that are under attack from liberals and conservatives alike.

Do you think Obamacare can be repealed piecemeal?

Comments (33)

Betty S Andrews - January 9, 2013

Obama care needs to be obliterated and totally
repealed any way it can be done. We need to have a
sensible alternative that will be benefilcial to all, patients
and doctors, that is so appealing everyone will go for it!
I am sure it can be done with some common sense, a
rare commodity these days.

Holly Chapo - January 9, 2013

Yes, it can be repealed piecemeal as long as there is the political will and Congress can agree on the clauses/sections to be repealed. My mother often said, “where there is a will, there is a way.” She was right. If we want the repeal of Obamacare to happen, even piecemeal, we the people must contact our representatives and tell them what we want. We have to hold their feet to the fire and keep the pressure on them to do right by the American people. And the right thing to do is get rid of that monstrosity of a power grab.

jeri Reiderer - January 9, 2013

If Obamacare is to be repealed piecemeal, then let’s do it. It was a bill pushed through with no idea how to implement it.

Janelle Humbert - January 9, 2013

The entire blasted mess should rot in Congress for lack of funding. We didn’t give the House Republican control to accomplish sitting on their hands. They knew well enough what was at stake.

Robert Mcilvenna - January 9, 2013

The House should defund it. C’mon folks, have some spine and defund the Obummercare.

John Spitler - January 9, 2013

If what we’re finding so far keeps growing, Obamacare will dissolve by its own weight. We just need to get the GOP and Conservatives to communicate in a simply, understandable manner what is taking place, and relate it as it happens. And when I say simple, I’m talking complete sentences, not like what we hear from our Speaker !!

Larry Robinson - January 9, 2013

Dear Heritage Foundation,
Obamacare needs to be replaced with a reliable industry that uses competition in the marketplace.
My concern is the batting average of the Republican Party. They have said a lot but haven’t done much.
When all is said and done more is said then done.

forrest maier - January 9, 2013

tell the republican party, no more milk toast candidates; i.e. mc cain,dole ,rommey. we need someone with fire in his belly who will call a socialist a socialist AND NOT BEAT AROUND THE BUSH. someone who will tell the public just what socialism is.GET GOING . forrest maier

pete - January 9, 2013

It has been my understanding that people buy insurance as a hedge against a catastrophic event – such as an illness that may deplete one’s savings. Suppose one has enough savings to weather the event. Why should that person be forced to buy insurance? The Obamacare issue is purely an infringement upon one’s liberty. We are less free.

Rick Caston - January 9, 2013

No, It cannot be repealed because both McConnell and Boehner are spineless cowards. We have witnessed their leadership failures for years yet nothing is done to remove and replace them. The fiscal cliff fiasco was passed overwhelmingly by BOTH houses. Until Republicans are actually willing to adopt conservative principles and are willing to stand up and fight for them NOTHING will change, and no, Obamacare will not be repealed. Lets see how they perform as our Second Amendment rights come under attack. Already, we are hearing the words of surrender from so-called Republicans.

john uhrhammer - January 9, 2013

It can’t be repealed either as a whole or by piecemeal since we are saddled with a DO-NOTHING congress!
The best thing we can do for our deficit is to stop paying these expensive jokes until they do some actual work. Try debt reduction, balanced budget, fire one third of all non-military federal employees (at least all hired since 1/20/2008).
TERM LIMITS is an idea that comes to mind.

John Clancy - January 9, 2013

I agree with Betty Andrews. Obamacare needs to be repealed root and branch because it violates the principle of subsidiarity. Like education, health care must be personal to be effective. The doctor and the patient must be central, not a monstrous, centralized bureacraucy. Further, since its reckless design is such an overreach, it would move us dramatically into the orbit of socialism.

Caryl Majewski - January 10, 2013

Newt Gingrich appeared on Greta Van Susteren/FOX News this evening and said that the House (Republicans) need to stand together and vote to ‘NOT FUND’ the never-ending spending put forth by President Obama and the Dems. Sounds like a plan to me. Don’t fund the IRS/ATF/EPA…etc. Not a lot can be done without funding the agencies that would enact the specifics of the law.

Mike Rutt - January 10, 2013

Yes we can stop Obama care, what we need is for people and Goverment to stand their ground, not these wimps we have now who cave in or roll over for obama and his cronies. We need tought men and women to stand their ground and fight back! Then and only then will we win. We have a country of chickens not men!

Bud - January 10, 2013

I agree with Betty Andrews. Whatever it takes, piecemeal if that is the best way, however, the law as it was forced on the American people, must be eliminated entirely. With some common sense and input from a consensus of health care professionals, healthcare can be done that will be equitable and fair to all Americans. I do not believe illegals are entitled to free healthcare as part of any healthcare bill.

Leona Flansburg - January 10, 2013

Yes, I think we are too far into it now to have a successful total repeal. The piecemeal fixes are the most logical way to provide health care coverage and make the program work. Unfortunately like a piecemeal quilt it will not be as effective as it should be and the cost will be more for less coverage. In my opinion both the Democrats and Republicans (our congress) let the American people down with this project. While they are very well paid for their work they didn’t do their job for the people or the country with this healthcare program.

Eric - January 10, 2013

My congressional Rep. is David schweikert He lost his position in congress because the GOP felt he was too conservative. This does not bode well for conservatism under the regime in power now. That being said I think if there is enough momentum to repeal if developed through a public ground swell there might be a chance. Right now there are a number of states that have rejected Obama care and that might be a better bet. Working with the Governors of these states may be more effective. In any event I am getting the sense that John Q is as a whole is so dumbed down and so disphasic the effort might be akin to pushing an elephant up hill. Obama has broken the constitution so many times with out any major public mobilization as evidence to the fact they do not seem to care . Apathy seems to be sadly the course the American public has chosen. So a clear path to abolition of this health care tax ploy may well be the Govenors who head these states.

Milly Rich - January 10, 2013

Obamacare should be repealed ,as much as they can ,as fast as they can..Republicans should keep bringing up all the taxes in it (like they should have done on the campaign trail) and how costly it is.

Margaret Barnes - January 10, 2013

I believe it will be repealed one piece at a time when the legislators see the light because they have felt the heat, but only if they in fact do feel the heat from “the people”.

John Smith - January 10, 2013

Getting the liberals and dems to completely repeal it is very unlikely, but I hope that most of it is eliminated as they start to see what it is.

In the mean time, if most of it is wiped out, the republican party can get rid of what is left whenever they get back in control of DC. Let’s cross our fingers.

Will Hart - January 10, 2013

Difficult to repeal piecemeal because it is a house of cards. CLASS was included in the original accounting as generating “savings” that were then used in the lie that “Obama Care will not add one dime to the deficit.” Also, forcing healthy young people to pay exorbitant rates for lard laden policies is, according to the Supreme Court, “The funding mechanism for Obama Care.” The only way to force the insurance companies to take on millions of the lame and the dying is to allow the those companies to charge “healthy” people more than is actuarially correct for their policies. Obama Care is a Ponzi scheme that makes Social Security look sound.

Michael Lake - January 10, 2013

It appears that it can be but I am afraid that the monstrosity that is left will continue to have so many far-reaching, unanticipated results that the whole thing needs to be dismantled in bloc and quickly. Our law makers are unwilling and unable to put together something less complicated that is not politicized and so I doubt it will never originate from that body. An open, independent group of individuals with the unbiased appreciation of the needs of the healthcare of the American people could be called together to construct this (unlike the secret, select and biased faction of Hiliarycare and Obamacare).

Richard Hanson PhD - January 10, 2013

On a personal level we need to support and vote local and national conservatives officials into office. I believe this will be a necessary step in order to a total and full repeal. Repeal piecemeal any and all clauses and sections as we work on electing a determined conservative congress.

Chas Jones - January 10, 2013

The Affordable Care Act ACA was passed unconstitutionally, violates the constitutions restrictions on federal power declared under enumerated powers, was NOT passed as a TAX, but was declared to be some form of tax by John Roberts [but no constitutional form of federal tax], and was upheld by the worst reasoned judicial opinion since Dred Scott. It is wholly and blatantly unconstitutional and must never be allowed to stand. The ACA is the “poster child” for federal lawlessness and eviscerates the entire concept embodied in the 10th Amendment. If the ACA stands, Liberty and our republic falls.

Sherman Reed - January 10, 2013

I am a member of HF. I want it repealed and defunded. I wonder if there are enough conservative and insightful congress persons who see the drift to socialism to take a visible position against the Obamacare initative.

Carol Bartz - January 10, 2013

Why not. The progressives and liberals never give up an issue until they win. Whats the matter with the conservatives and particularly, the Republican party. They seem to like exactly whats going on and they want to remain a part of that power structure they have built. Thats why they do not want the true conservative members to gain any position of power.

Chris Little - January 10, 2013

I suppose it can be repealed piecemeal, but believe the house has the ability to defund or take out the portion that came from medicare and put it back where it belongs.

Why don’t house member, especially Republicans seem to have any backbone.

Brad Lucey - January 10, 2013

Obamacare should be repealed piecemeal and defunded in where possible. Every angle should be utilized.

Elisabeth Baer - January 10, 2013

Frankly, I think the whole thing should be repealed until it is read and understood!! It was so ridiculous to pass a bill with that many pages without understanding what was involved.

Shirley - January 10, 2013

Yes, I think obamacare can be repealed, even if it`s done a little at a time. I think the States holds the power to repeal this nightmare. Oklahoma and other States have refused to set up the State Exchange for obamacare and that is a beginning. The Republican and Concervative States need to stand together. We can`t lose sight of fighting for our Rights and Freedom.

Henry Harriss - January 13, 2013

It definitely can be repealed piecemeal even though the Democrats hold the Senate. Once Obamacare is implemented, high cost, delays in treatment, elderly people being refused treatment, unrelated taxes and regulations will back the Senate in an uncomfortable corner where they
will have to eliminate part of the law. Defunding and repeal of course is the best solution.

L. Bradley - January 14, 2013

No! The Obama crowd never gives and inch until they jam their agenda down our throats. So Learn from them.
NO OBAMACARE ever! Get rid of it now!!!

Gene and Margaret McCabe - January 14, 2013

We believe that the whole of Obamacare should be repealed ….. and that our representatives held to the fire to see that it is done.

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