Health Care Reform Update - February 20, 2011

On February 14th a conservative activist group with support from Tea Party sympathizers and led by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) sent a letter to GOP leaders in the House insisting that Republicans should refuse to “reward collaborators” by not helping industry groups that ultimately endorsed passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in any of their legislative priorities. The memo also outlines a repeal strategy with seven key points. A copy of the memo can be found here.

In a letter released on February 14th, a group of eight Democratic Senators wrote leaders at the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to encourage them to coordinate anti-trust issues that may arise under the ACA’s accountable care organizations (ACOs). The letter was signed by Sens. Mark Udall (D-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tom Udall (D-NM), Mark Warner (D-VA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Kay Hagan (D-NC), and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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