Could President Romney repeal Obamacare? No.

 Mitt Romney’s web site makes a bold promise: “On his first day in office, Mitt Romney will issue an executive order that paves the way for the federal government to issue Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. He will then work with Congress to repeal the full legislation as quickly as possible.”

Many of Romney’s supporters assume that this is what will happen if he wins. But in truth, even if Republicans take both the White House and the Senate, Romney wouldn’t have the power to “repeal the full legislation.” Nor could a new president grant waivers that would let states ignore the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We live in a nation ruled by law, not magic wands.

That said, those who support reform should keep a close eye on the Massachusetts Senate race, where Democrat Elizabeth Warren is challenging Republican Senator Scott Brown. The outcome could determine whether Democrats continue to hold 53 seats out of 100. (Political analysts rate Brown and Nevada’s Dean Heller as the two most vulnerable Senate Republican incumbents. If Republicans win the Senate, they won’t be able dismantle reform, but they could do serious damage to the ACA, by eliminating the subsidies that will help middle-class and low-income Americans purchase insurance. But even if they take over the Senate they will not be able to change the new rules for insurance companies.

                                    Romney’s Promises – and Why You Can’t Believe them

Begin with the “Obamacare waivers” for the states.

“There are no ‘Obamacare waivers’ that could be issued by executive order,” Washington & Lee health law scholar Timothy Jost explained in a recent phone interview. That’s right: these waivers simply don’t exist. Here, we’re tripping over one of those “Big Lies” that have become a feature of the Romney campaign. (Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels was the master of the tactic: if you tell a colossal lie, and repeat it often enough, people will believe it, not matter how outrageous. After all, who would make up such a whopper?)

On the HealthAffairs BlogJost elaborates :

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2 thoughts on “Could President Romney repeal Obamacare? No.

  1. I found it very interesting, and while follow presidential election campaign, I catch myself thinking the same thing. At the end, why even develop law and legislature, if ANY New guy can came in and overturn it? What is the purpose? Isn’t it only for a benefit of a present office? So, even though, I am not 100% agree with Obama-care provisions, I am satisfied with the fact that Romney won’t be able simple overturn Affordable Care Act (ACA). I can only imagine how much will be spend on trying to overturn it, and all these resources can and should go to make health care better, and more effective for our citizens.

  2. Tatiana–

    Thank you very much for your comment. And welcome to HeatlhBeat. I hope that you will continue to comment

    You are absolutely right: What is the point of Congress passing laws if any president can come in and overturn them a year later?
    This would lead to chaos.
    In fact, our laws (and constitution) make it impossible for a president to come in, wave a wand, and undo what was done
    in the previous 4 or 8 years.
    But, as you say, Romney could spend a fortune trying to overturn healthcare reform and ” these resources can and should go to make health care better, and more effective for our citizens.”

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