"When we talk about Obama 20 or 30 years from now, this is likely to be the bill we talk about,” said Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University. “If the Supreme Court takes away from Obama his biggest accomplishment, this is exactly what a president really fears. In some ways, it’s worse than not getting re-elected."
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Where they Stand: Romney on Abortion.
- Opposes abortion rights, but has previously supported them.
- Says that state law should guide abortion rights, and Roe v. Wade should be reversed by a future Supreme Court. BUT, agrees that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land until that happens and should not be challenged by legislation.
- Would not sign a pledge to advance only anti-abortion appointees for relevant administration jobs, cut off federal dollars for clinics that perform or finance abortions, and support a ban on abortions after the fetus reaches a certain stage in development.
Where they Stand: Romney on Medicaid.
- Opposes the health law’s expansion of Medicaid coverage to more than 30 million people.
- Supports block grants for Medicaid to allow states to use capped federal contributions to run Medicaid as they see fit.
“My view is get the federal government out of Medicaid, get it out of health care. Return it to the states.” - South Carolina GOP Primary Debate, Jan. 20.
Where they Stand: Newt Gingrich on Medicaid.
- Supports giving states more freedom and flexibility to customize their Medicaid programs into block grants.
- Believes Medicaid reforms must recognize three distinct populations: those with disabilities, the poor and the elderly poor.
- Supports adjusting reimbursement models to reward quality care and create incentives for for beneficiaries to seek out facilities that deliver the best care at low cost.
- DID NOT support the 2009 stimulus package, which included increased federal funding to states for Medicaid.
SANTORUM AND ROMNEY TALK HEALTHCARE.