Repealing health reform: Pros, cons, polls

As the House is poised to vote to repeal health care reform, the AJC and the New York Times on Wednesday present the arguments both for and against overturning the new law.

Proponents of the Affordable Care Act point out that many people have already been helped by the insurance and Medicare provisions. Conservatives have said the costs of reform have been vastly underestimated and that it will eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs.

An Associated Press article, though, provides a fact check of the jobs-cutting claim.

Meanwhile, the support for repeal appears to be softening. An AP poll found that strong opposition to the overhaul stands at 30 percent, closest to the lowest level registered in the AP surveys dating to September 2009.

At the same time, six more states have joined Georgia in battling health reform in the courts. And Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal warns of the Medicaid expansion’s costs under reform in an article.

The House is expected to pass repeal along party lines. But the effort is expected to be stymied in the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.

Kaiser Health News provides video excerpts of the debate.