U.S. Healthcare Discussion Points

As Republicans and Democrats buckle down to address our country’s biggest challenges, some of the more difficult discussions will be focused around the fiscal cliff and  the cost of the U.S. Healthcare system.

As those discussions go forward here are some of the points that will need to be addressed. As always, The Common Good urges both parties to engage in civil dialogue with the good of the country in mind and work together on this and other debates. – To join us in our mission of bridging the divisions that affect our country, sign up [here] for our events and updates list.

Five ‘ObamaCare’ battles to watch

THE HILL, SAM BAKERRepublicans aren’t going to repeal “ObamaCare” in the next four years, but there’s still plenty of room for both political fights and policy changes.

Republicans have begun over the past two weeks to acknowledge — albeit grudgingly — that President Obama’s reelection took repeal off the table for the next four years. Conservatives have responded by stepping up the pressure on Republican governors to stand in the law’s way as much as possible at the state level, and governors do have considerable power over how the law is implemented.

In Washington, deflated partisan rancor over the Affordable Care Act could be a blessing to industry groups with smaller, more targeted complaints about the law. Republican lawmakers and healthcare lobbyists say smaller fixes are more realistic if every minor issue doesn’t blow up into a full-scale war over ObamaCare, and the appetite for that war is finally starting to wane.

Repeal, or a different outcome at the Supreme Court, would have satisfied both groups of opponents. But for all the talk about how repeal isn’t realistic over the next four years, it also wasn’t very realistic over the past two. And if the volume of the “ObamaCare” debate dies down, Congress might be more likely to address smaller issues with a real impact on coverage and costs.