Health care reform dividing Democrats and Republicans, driving votes for election 2012

By Emily Hutto


The recent upholding of PPACA further divided our two parties - in general, Democrats are elated, and Republicans think they are jaded.

Health care reform has always been an uphill political battle, but when The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was saddled with the nickname "Obamacare," we all should have known this battle was going to be long, and it wasn't going to be pretty.

Yesterday at a campaign event Obama told Cincinnati residents, "I don't mind the name because I really do care. That's why we passed it."

Romney and the Republican party are actively opposing PPACA says an article on While they've yet to refine a health care plan to replace it, it suggests, "It’s natural to ask what we may expect from the Republicans should they ever push out a reform bill of their own."

The debate over the reform has raged on since 2010, but in recent months completely exploded with the onslaught of the Supreme Court's decision. Just in time for the presidential election debates to begin.

An article in Huffington Post reports the Democratic party is now using the bill's passing to demonstrate in commercials to voters that the representatives of Congress who voted to repeal the law were voting to keep their enhanced health care products. The article quotes the spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Jesse Ferguson, who says, "House Republicans refuse to admit they voted to give themselves taxpayer funded lifetime guaranteed health care instead of having the same health care as their constituents."

If the media's pace continues at its current rate, we can all expect to see a lot more PPACA coverage in relationship to the election, and it might get vicious.

Many sources say that if Romney is elected then he can and will make every effort to repeal the act. Easier said than done, though, says an Associated Press article, "because any realistic effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act is sure to get jumbled together with lots of other issues, including Medicare, taxes, food stamps and defense spending."

I would argue that health care is going to be a primary determinant of who Americans cast their votes for. Only time will tell, but one thing's for sure: Health care reform is far from over.