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June 28th, 2012
07:56 PM ET

Republicans find new message in wake of SCOTUS health care ruling

Unworkable, unpopular, and unaffordable – that's how Republican Senator John Barrosso (Wyoming) describes the president's health care law.

But now, the former doctor can no longer say that it's unconstitutional, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold almost the entirety of Obamacare.

The decision today flies in the face of what Senator Barrasso has been vowing to do since January 2011 – repeal and replace the health care law with select targeted reforms.

What exactly are those reforms he's talking about? Senator John Barrasso is OutFront tonight.


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  1. jal

    Joey......YES! You're correct. It continues to blow my mind how uninformed politicians are. The Senator kept stating people don't have a choice. I live in San Francisco. Everyone I know gets Multiple choices to pick an HMO or PPO provider during their employers Open Enrollment each year, they get to pick their primary care physician, etc.

    I have 7 great friends, all Double Masters in nursing over the years. They worked at UC Mass, John Hopkins, UCLA, & UCSF.. They are from all spectrums: Repubican, Democrat & Independent. They all joined together and got their PhDs together some years back. Despite their political differences, they all agree on the fix for US Healthcare: follow the model of Denmark.

    In Denmark there is government healthcare similar to our VA & Medicare. Yet, as a socialist country, they have private insurance companies, like the US. There is one major difference: there is a cap on how much a procedure can cost. This forces the insurance companies to continually negotiate the best rates/costs with hospitals, medical groups, therapist, surgeons, etc.

    Yet, in the US, we allow the carriers to run the cost tables, the pharmeceuticals to set the prices, all in the name of corporate economics & shareholders. Its this one thing that is a major cause to our choas.

    My father was a Director for an HMO. The day they turned from non-profit to for-profit, he resigned. While many nations support corporate market growth, many recognize there are certain industries where caps should be in place, medicine I'd one is one if them. Yet here we have to appease the shareholders.

    June 29, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
  2. Joey at Purdue Univ

    I can sympathize w the congressman's concern about money spent on healthcare that doesn't go towards medical care for the patient, especially given his past experience as a doctor & husband of a cancer survivor...

    But wouldn't the 80/20 provision of the Affordable Care Act help mitigate that?

    June 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply

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