It's been a longtime Democratic mantra that even though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has consistently drawn more opposition than support from the public, solid majorities really liked individual components.
Although still unpopular (the ACA was supported by 38.6% and opposed by 50% in the Sept. 27 RealClearPolitics poll of polls), some of the law's individual provisions continue to draw strong support. The latest example of that phenomenon was the active support such a provision garnered recently from a Republican senator who is otherwise committed to the law's repeal and replacement.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) in writing the CMS this week to demand … faster implementation of the law.
Specifically, Grassley joined Kohl in querying the Obama administration on a provision that used the language of a bill the senators had previously co-sponsored called the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. The measure will require public disclosure of the financial relationships between physicians and pharmaceutical, medical device and biologics companies. But it won't require those things until the implementing regulations are issued, which was supposed to happen Oct. 1.
Of course, the missing regulations are only the latest in a long line of implementing rules for the ACA that CMS officials have failed to produce by their statutory deadlines. And the CMS wouldn't give Outliers any indication of when these rules might be forthcoming.