Capitol Hill

Need for repeal


With the historic health care law enacted by Congress in March continuing to receive less support in most public opinion polls, congressional Republicans have pledged to push to repeal the law if they make major gains in the House and Senate in the Nov. 2 elections. However, with President Obama in office for at least another two years, repealing the law in its entirety will be virtually impossible.

Republican leaders have indicated they likely will target specific components of the massive health care law for repeal on a piecemeal basis. This process already has begun, and some Democrats have indicated interest in reconsidering components of the health care law.

The Form 1099 provision

The first initiative to repeal a portion of the health care law is legislation by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Rep. Dan Lundgren (R-Calif.) called the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act (H.R. 5141/S. 3578). This bill would repeal a provision that greatly expands Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1099 reporting for businesses.