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Dr. Jane Orient: 'Entrenched Interests' Big Barrier to Obamacare Repeal

By    |   Tuesday, 06 January 2015 01:22 PM

While Republicans have vowed to repeal Obamacare as they prepare to lead Congress for the first time in almost a decade, Dr. Jane Orient says that the likelihood of that happening is doubtful.

"It's just like any entitlement," Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" Tuesday on Newsmax TV.

"It was designed to creep into everything, to spread its roots everywhere, and to get people who are making money from it deeply entrenched in the system — insurance companies, navigators, and big hospitals," she said.

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"The huge barrier to getting it repealed is all these other folks who are growing on it like mistletoe," she said.

The other problem is that it will be difficult to actually get Congress to do what's necessary to repeal President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, Orient said.

"A lot of them are dedicated to the idea of repealing it, but the ones who are in charge have already surrendered preemptively," she said.

"At least Speaker John Boehner apparently has a lot of invested interest in the stocks that he holds in the healthcare industry," and they are "doing just fine at the moment," she added.

The other major hurdle for Republicans, is that, even if they are able to vote to repeal Obamacare, the president still has veto power. However, Orient said that Obamacare is facing legal challenges that may result in a de facto repeal.

"There is a real problem coming up in March when the Supreme Court hears the case of King v. Burwell to decide whether or not the president can just rewrite something that is clear in the law about whether subsidies can flow through federally established exchanges or must only go through state established exchanges," she said.

"If that happens, millions of people will find out that they can't get this huge subsidy from the taxpayers to buy this overly expensive insurance that Obamacare is trying to force them to buy," she said.

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While Republicans, leading Congress for the first time in almost a decade, have vowed to repeal Obamacare, the likelihood of that happening is doubtful because the program "was designed to creep into everything," Dr. Jane Orient told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.
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