Skip to comments.Republicans worry about healthcare law repeal's impact on health programs
Posted on 03/07/2012 1:59:14 PM PST by ColdOne
President Obama's healthcare reform law skews healthcare funding in a way that would put many of the nation's medical programs at risk if the law is repealed, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Health subcommittee warned Wednesday.
The remarks from Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) are surprising because Republicans - including Shelby - have been calling for the law's repeal ever since it was passed. In his opening statement at a hearing on the Health and Human Services Department's proposed budget for FY 2013, Shelby suggested lawmakers should start taking a hard look at the impact of repealing the law as the Supreme Court this month prepares to hear hours of arguments for why it should strike it down.
"The administration has used the Affordable Care Act's mandatory spending, which is not subject to a vote by Congress every year, to backfill key discretionary programs," Shelby said in his opening remarks.
"The administration then diverts discretionary dollars to fund new programs. When the Affordable Care Act is repealed, many important programs like Community Health Centers and the [federal] Immunization program at the Centers for Disease Control will be in jeopardy because their base funding has been so significantly reduced."
Shelby also raised concerns with the budget's flat-funding of medical research at the National Institutes of Health, at $31 billion. The administration says it is overhauling its NIH grant-making process in order to increase the number of new research grants.
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They’re worried that if we take off the hangman’s noose, we’ll fall off the chair?
It was always about overwhelming the system.
An integral part of the plan was to create a monstrosity that would wreak havoc whether it was repealed or not.
Paving the road for romney - “O’Romneycare”...coming to a government near you in November.
That’s why you get the big paycheck, Senator. To fix messes like this.
Don’t worry we’ll get over it!
Just repeal the whole mess and consider any good part of any legislation.
I personally believe, that despite his promises to the contrary, a President Romney would decide that it would be too harmful to totally repeal Obamacare. He’ll do what he has said he would do before .... ‘keep the good parts’ .... and tinker around the edges with the rest. The cancer that is Obamacare has already metastasized into the system .... and into the brains of certain RINOs/Republicans/Romney.
All he’s saying is that Obamacare diverted funds from other programs, and they will need to be restored if Obamacare is repealed. Seems rather obvious.
But I guess we can’t expect people to actually analyze information and do stuff in an intelligent manner.
Last week John McDole was on Greta talking about repealing and replacing.......BSBSBSBS
Somebody here disputed my contention that this made Shelby a classic RINO.
Well, now you see it ~ Shelby is a RINO.
It's easier for a tiger to change its stripes than it is for a RINO to become a Conservative Republican.
Absolutely. Repeal the Damned thing and let us worry about that later.
We can fix anything in a short while without Obamacare.
What we cannot fix is what we will get if we keep it.
Just repeal it. We’ll take our chances.
Shelby is a converted Republican! Used to be Democrat!!!
Now almost a year later a member of the LOYAL republican opposition worries, I repeat worries repealing it. Senator you are cya with excuses not to repeal or not to fund 0bama/Romneycare.
The only thing both parties are LOYAL to is getting REELECTED so they can feed at the taxpayers trough for another term.
Of course they cave (or lied-or both) Why should the feckless Republicans actually do anything that the vast majority of the American public want??
I am Alabama born and live here. Shelby is one of my senators. Shelby is a bum. I will claim Sessions. Not Shelby. EVERY and I mean EVERY thing that I have sent to the both of them and my congressman Mike Rogers has been answered by Sessions and Rogers. NEVER has Shelby responded to ANYTHING, NOTHING. SILENCE.
When adults look at this bill, they can see how its drafters knitted threads from it to every nook and government cranny they could to prevent repeal, or to make repeal painful. Adults will see past all that crap, and TRASH THE WHOLE GD THING. IF a lawmaker can not see that, then that lawmaker is a either a fool or a ‘Rat.
And so the usual GOP crapfest begins.
If a mafia enforcer stood behind each one to ensure they kept their promises and did the right thing the gutless bastards would still equivocate and then fold.
This all amounts to the same situation as 1775; tyranny and taxation without real representation.