Land mines abound for Republicans in Obamacare replacement

Now that Republicans control of both houses of Congress as well as the presidency, many are expecting Obamacare to be repealed and replaced very soon.  Whether by simple majority vote, employing the Senate "nuclear option," or using the same budget reconciliation sleight-of-hand that Harry Reid so deftly used, the ability to undo the ACA is there for the Republicans' taking. As the alternatives for a new act fly back and forth, the obvious trap for Republicans is crafting a piece of health legislation that is actually better, not merely different – wider coverage, easier access, more provider choices, lower costs, more provider accountability, less wasted mandated coverage (no maternity coverage for post-menopausal women, for example), no religious/moral/government mandate conflicts, etc. The list of must-have items for a successful replacement plan is long.  Crafting a plan that satisfies all those requirements will be a monumental task, especially...(Read Full Post)