US Republicans take aim at health reform after electoral gains

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 08 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6358
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Republican victories in the US mid-term elections on 2 November are likely to result in attempts to repeal or gut the health reform act passed by the US Congress in March.

In the elections Barack Obama’s Democratic party lost control of the House of Representatives but kept control of the Senate. The victors—including members of the Tea Party group, who are nominally Republican but more right wing than the party mainstream—will take office in January, a few weeks after more reforms required by the act take effect.

Repeal of health reform is unlikely, as President Obama can veto such a bill. However, the Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (Republican, Kentucky) was widely …

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