Republicans in the House dedicated the political focus Tuesday to ObamaCare, spending 5 hours of debate on the president's signature health care reform law before a repeal vote scheduled for Wednesday. CNN notes that the vote will be the latest of more than 30 House GOP efforts to undermine or repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Efforts that will all fall on deaf ears in a Democratic-led Senate.
With little chance of derailing the law on Capitol Hill as the political make-up stands now despite vocal outcry from House Republicans, and the Supreme Court now standing behind the law, some analysts have begun to question whether self-inflicted wounds at the hands of poor writing and toothlessness in enforcement can be what erodes the health care reform law.
Specifically, the individual mandate is devoid of an effective enforcement mechanism. The law severely limits the ability of the IRS to collect civil or criminal penalties for refusing to pay the tax and the IRS cannot seize bank accounts or dock wages to collect it. No interest accumulates for unpaid penalties. Adding insult to injury, a growing number of Republican Governors have begun opting out of the medicaid expansion, the most recent being Texas Governor Rick Perry who announced on Monday that his state would not participate.