House and Senate Republicans already have written at least 30 bills to roll back provisions in the law. The success of some efforts would mean WellPoint Inc. and competing health insurers may escape regulations to set their patient care spending, while Boston Scientific Corp. and other medical-device makers dodge $20 billion in tax increases in the next decade." If Republicans are successful in repealing parts of the law, it could "set off a domino effect," a congressional analyst said. Health insurers, in the meantime, are saying that the mandate on Americans to carry health insurance is necessary to maintain consumer protections in the law or people will only purchase it when they get sick (Litvan and Armstrong, 11/3).
This program aired on November 3, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.