U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, in the first major legislative effort of the 112th Congress, yesterday co-sponsored a measure to entirely repeal the federal health care legislation.
The Senate is expected to ignore the bill Emerson supports and other republicans support.
"We need a fresh start, and that means repealing the health care law instead of attempting to untangle it while the administration continues to make new health care regulations that will force Americans out of their existing coverage, increase federal spending, cut Medicare and add bureaucratic inefficiencies to the American health care system," Emerson said. "Of course there are parts of the bill which weren't controversial, like covering pre-existing conditions, and those provisions ought to be reshaped in a new effort to lower costs and expand private coverage -- two aims which were not objectives of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid bill."
The health care repeal bill will be voted upon in the U.S. House of Representatives next week.
But despite this effort, local healthcare experts agree that healthcare reform isn't going to go away.
It may be tweaked, or changed. The mandate that people must purchase insurance coverage may go away, but healthcare reform is here to stay.
This week I talked with both Steven Bjelich, CEO at Saint Francis Medical Center and Debbie Linnes, CEO of SoutheastHEALTH about how healthcare reform is changing how they operate--about what they like about the healthcare reform law and what they don't.
Look for that story next week and a series of stories throughout the coming year as healthcare agencies grapple with the 800 pound gorilla known as healthcare reform.