Last year, protesters rallied against passage of the health care overhaul. But now that its law, advocates of the law say they can win the battle of public relations over opponents who hope for repeal.
America’s Health Insurance Plans, which aggressively opposed a number of provisions in the health care plan last year, is taking a neutral position on the repeal effort, although spokesman Robert Zirkelbach said the industry still thinks changes need to be made in the health care law to minimize coverage disruption and cost increases.
Some prominent AHIP members have publicly opposed doing away with the law.
“I don’t think it’s in our society’s best interest to expend energy in repealing the law,” Cigna President David Cordani said in November at a Reuters health summit, just days after Republicans won control of the House and increased their numbers in the Senate.
Mark Bertolini, president of Aetna, also said during the summit that repealing the law would lead the industry to “a bad place.”
One health insurance official said the repeal was a largely symbolic political exercise.
“It is clearly not going anywhere,” the official said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.