December 11, 2014
Now that Republicans will control both houses of Congress, they will have an opportunity to deal with Obamacare. What should be done?
They can begin by repealing the worst features of Obamacare. They can do that by keeping three promises many of them made to voters during the last election: Keep your job; keep your health insurance; and keep your doctor.
The most direct way to get rid of all the anti-job provisions of Obamacare is to repeal the employer mandate. The most direct way to insure that people can keep insurance they like is to repeal the individual mandate. And the most direct way of insuring people can keep their doctor is to deregulate and denationalize the health insurance exchanges.Then Republicans can move on to real reform of the health care system. There are seven principles that should be adhered to.
via A Republican Alternative To Obamacare.
December 1, 2014
I believe voters are smart. And that with three simple and very transparent reforms we could replace the mess that is ObamaCare with a health system the public would readily accept:
1. Replace all the ObamaCare mandates and subsidies with a universal tax credit that is the same for everyone.
2. Allow Medicaid or private insurance that looks very much like Medicaid to compete with other insurance, with everyone having the right to buy in or get out.
3. Denationalize and deregulate the exchanges.You could have a very workable health care system by making these changes and these changes alone.
via Health Reform Without Deception | RealClearPolicy.
November 24, 2014
Ms. Wilensky holds out hope that the court might yet prod Congress to act. If a majority of justices call on lawmakers to resolve the ambiguity, she reasoned, Republicans might then salvage the challenged subsidies in return for changes such as curbing health-care mandates on employers.
That may be wishful thinking.
“The kind of changes that Gail is talking about come from a mentality about negotiation between the two parties that used to be the rule here in Washington,” said Henry J. Aaron, a policy analyst at the Brookings Institution who served in Mr. Clinton’s administration.
“People of good will on both sides got together, they didn’t always agree, they worked out their differences and they dealt with problems,” Mr. Aaron said. “That is all too regrettably now missing from the scene here.”
via In Partisan Washington, Health Law Faces Grave Legal Technicalities – NYTimes.com.
November 7, 2014
To spare readers the labor of doing so, I’ve reviewed all of the major GOP “replace” plans there are seven, so far. I’m happy to report that all seven are serious and comprehensive, and together lay to rest Mr. Obama’s triumphalist narrative.
The Great Health Care Debate is far from over. Rather, we’re beginning the debate we should have had five years ago — nay, the debate the Republican Congress should have had twenty years ago.
via Here Are the GOP “Replace” Plans — And Only Some of Them Stink.
Editor’s note: this first appeared last April. There subsequently have been other major ACA replacement plans introduced.
September 4, 2014
Many conservatives believe that we had a free-market health care system in America, until Obamacare was signed into law. But that’s not true. The government takeover of our health care system didn’t happen in 2010. It happened in 1965, when LBJ shepherded through Congress the amendments to the Social Security Act that became known as Medicare and Medicaid.
via Don’t Just Replace Obamacare—Replace the Great Society | The Weekly Standard.
August 10, 2014
“Repeal and replace” is a misguided strategy for getting past the Affordable Care Act and moving toward a focus on health rather than insurance cards. It is hopelessly utopian, strategically suicidal, emotionally deadening, operationally hollow, and needlessly partisan. Here’s why:
via Why ‘Repeal and Replace’ Will Never Work | Mercatus.
July 30, 2014
But what would it mean to repeal ObamaCare? In the minds of many it would mean a return to the way things were in 2008. But guess what? That’s impossible. ObamaCare has completely destroyed the individual market, where 19 million people get their insurance and where everybody else resides temporarily when they are between jobs or transitioning between job-based insurance and Medicare or Medicaid. It would be a Herculean task to try to re-create that market the way it was. And it’s doubtful that the political system would allow it, even if it were possible.So what is to be done?
Right now the individual market is being replaced with health insurance that is bought and sold in highly regulated exchanges. Rather than seeking to abolish these institutions, might they be deregulated and denationalized in order to create a genuinely free market?
via Can the Exchanges Be Turned Into Real Markets?.