During his campaign, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney repeatedly pledged to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
There were several “what ifs” that would have needed to fall into place to bring about substantial changes to Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a Romney presidency; and chief among them was the shape of Congress after the election.
A Romney win without a Republican majority in Congress would have allowed the ACA and the law’s numerous Medicare provisions to cautiously unfold and for the debate to continue on the best way to reform the entire Medicare program.
A Romney presidency with a GOP majority, however, would have given him the political power to completely overturn, as pledged, the ACA, which is often referred to as “Obamacare.” It would also have allowed Romney to push through Congress his (and Rep. Paul Ryan’s) version of a Medicare program that would interact more with the private sector in the management of benefits.
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