In a news conference, President Obama said he is willing to discuss Republicans' ideas for cutting health care costs or other changes to the current bill. He also acknowledged that the provision requiring employers to complete a 1099 form whenever they spend at least $600 on goods and services could be problematic for some businesses.
But he stressed that some of the bill's provisions aren't up for debate, such as helping seniors get prescription drugs or denying insurance to people with pre-existing conditions.
"I don't think you'd have a strong vote from people saying, `Those are provisions I want to eliminate."'
In addition to the challenge of improving access to care, analysts say another challenge Republicans will face in their efforts to repeal or change the bill is to incorporate more ways to cut skyrocketing health care costs by focusing on improving health care delivery.
"One of the biggest weaknesses of the current bill is that it really didn't go far enough to really reform how chronically ill patients are treated and how chronic diseases are prevented," Emory's Thorpe said. "There isn't enough focus on cost-containment."
Alan Sager, professor of health policy and management at the Boston University School of Public Health, said, "The government ignores most important health care issues; training more family doctors and paying them adequately, stabilizing all needed hospitals, cutting ER wait times, and working to contain costs."
Despite their predictions, analysts say, there are many questions remaining.
"It's all a matter of what these guys retain from the current bill," Thorpe said.