Outright repeal is one way to sabotage health care reform, but most opponents recognize they don’t have the votes for that, let alone enough to override a certain presidential veto. Of course, this has not prevented House Republicans from voting three dozen times to repeal health care reform. A 37th attempt took place earlier this month. All of this represents nothing more than political grandstanding. Since they haven’t been able to achieve an outright repeal, Republicans are also working to thwart implementation.
Over the last three years, the Obama administration and leaders in many states have been preparing for the full implementation of health care reform. At every step, the Republican majority in the House, their committed counterparts in the Senate, and their allies in many state houses across the country have sought to delay, obstruct, and undermine these efforts. Rather than fix the parts of the law that need to be fixed, they plot new ways to kill it by a thousand cuts.