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Topic - I. Glenn Cohen
President Obama's repeated use of executive powers to ease the rollout of his health care law could be setting the stage for Republicans to roll back the overhaul's most controversial parts if they retake the White House in 2016, say analysts who have tracked the law's shifting landscape.
A federal judge has rejected a Michigan company's urgent plea for protection from the contraception mandate in President Obama's health-care law, noting that a corporation's rights are not always the same as an individual's.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer shocked many observers this month by opting to expand the Medicaid program in her state as part of President Obama's health care law, saying it was a good economic deal, even as her Republican counterparts in states like Georgia flatly rejected the option.
"That said, it was not the president's decision to delay parts of implementation, so much as the design of the legislation itself, that leaves open this possibility," he said.
Although he is taking advantage of discretion built into the Affordable Care Act of 2010, those executive powers also would give "a future President Rand [Paul] or other ACA opponent room to throw a monkey wrench into the works and help try to dismantle the law from the inside," said I. Glenn Cohen, a health policy analyst at Harvard Law School.