Republicans Have Been Quietly Chipping Away At Health Law For Years
Ever since it was enacted, the health law's funding has been a target for appropriators, which Democrats say contributed to the current problems people are experiencing.
The Quieter Assault Against Obamacare
The Republican drive to deliver a death blow to President Barack Obama’s health care law has overshadowed a quieter assault using annual government funding bills that’s gone on for years. It’s not as glamorous or high-decibel as the news conferences and floor debates surrounding the repeal of the law, but it certainly has proved controversial. What’s more, the law’s supporters see this GOP tactic as partly responsible for many of the failures in the law that Republicans now say they must fix. Lawmakers have, with little fanfare, rolled back provisions and chopped funding levels in the health care law each year since its enactment in 2010. And while top Republicans contend that the law’s “death spiral” is due to the legislation’s inherent flaws, they do admit their own actions have had an impact. (Mejdrich, 2/7)