Repealing ACA is unlikely

I have heard plenty of talk from the Republicans about repealing ACA.

“As unpopular as this healthcare bill is today, it’s at the height of its popularity,” (Roy) Blunt said. “The more the American people know about it, the more concerns they are going to have, and the more they are going to look at alternatives.”

From USA Today:

During the midterm election campaign, Republicans of all stripes united under one promise: to repeal healthcare reform. It was a key plank in the “Pledge to America,” the campaign platform unveiled by House Minority Leader John Boehner, and it became a rallying cry for Tea Party-backed candidates throughout the country.

From CBS:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Republicans “owe it to the American people” to try to repeal health care reform.

“This was a terrible bill,” McConnell said on “Face the Nation”Sunday.

McConnel said the results of Election Day meant that “People who supported us – political independents – want it repealed and replaced with something else. I think we owe it to them to try,” McConnell said.

As it turns out the Republicans are more bluster than substance. Are you surprised?

From NEJM:

Despite the talk of repeal, Congress will not pass any major health legislation over the next 2 years, and the health sector and private employers will be hard at work preparing for 2014, when many ACA provisions take effect. That does not make health care reform a fait accompli. Absent a miracle, the country will still face crushing budget deficits when the next president takes office. A Republican president, backed by a Republican Congress, would be wise to delay enrollment in the health insurance exchanges, using the time and money to develop a more targeted plan that closes off open-ended subsidies for health insurance and gets the economic incentives right. A Democratic president would do the same thing out of necessity — but it would take longer.