Obama Calls Repeal Idea Good Politics, Bad Policy; New Health Care Protections Begin

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Obama Calls Repeal Idea Good Politics, Bad Policy; New Health Care Protections Begin


Byline: Stephen Dinan, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

President Obama acknowledged Wednesday that Republicans' push to repeal the health care overhaul is good politics for the GOP, but said such a move would cause people to lose insurance they've gained under the law over the past six months.

It makes sense in terms of politics, the president said, though he added, It doesn't make sense in terms of actually making people's lives better.

The assessment sums up Democrats' dilemma heading into November's elections, as arguably the biggest achievement of Mr. Obama's tenure remains unpopular with voters, and he and fellow party leaders have struggled to convince them otherwise.

Democrats hope the start of new protections Thursday under the law's Patients' Bill of Rights to change the political calculus, and the White House has released on its website snapshots of 50 people, one in each state, who are benefiting from the requirements of the new law.

But for now, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele said health care is undeniably radioactive for Democrats and House Republicans are campaigning ahead of November's elections on promises to repeal the law or at least starve the administration of funds to continue implementing it.

Obamacare unconstitutionally intrudes on Americans' personal health care decisions, fails to curb rising costs, and adds more to an already skyrocketing debt, said Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, medical doctor and chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee. It must be repealed and replaced with smarter, patient-centered solutions like those Republicans have proposed throughout this debate.

A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll taken last week found 44 percent supported repealing the law and 43 percent opposed that course of action.

Even some conservative-leaning congressional Democrats are campaigning against the health care law, including running ads touting their votes against Mr. Obama on the issue.

But Democratic leaders said repealing the law would short-circuit it just as more consumer protections take effect.

On Thursday, which marks six months since the law was signed, insurance companies can no longer set lifetime dollar limits on benefits and can't deny coverage to children because of pre-existing conditions. Also as of Thursday, parents will be allowed to keep their children on their insurance coverage until the children turn 26.

Standing on a patio in the backyard of Paul and Frances Brayshaw in Falls Church, Va., Mr. Obama heard from Americans who have already benefited from companies complying with the new law.

Gail O'Brien, a cancer patient from New Hampshire, said she gained high-risk pool coverage, while Dawn Josephson said her 4-year-old son Wesley's pre-existing conditions are now covered.

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