Phil Gramm: A Simple Cure for ObamaCare: Freedom – WSJ

Republicans need a strategy that is easy to understand, broadly popular and difficult to oppose. It must unite Republicans and divide congressional Democrats, while empowering Republican governors and legislators to resist administration pressure. I believe that strategy is what I would call “the freedom option.” Every American should have the right to decide not to participate in ObamaCare: If you like ObamaCare and its subsidies, you can keep it. If you don’t, you are free to buy the health insurance that fits your needs.

The freedom option would fulfill the commitment the president made over and over again about ObamaCare: If you like your health insurance you can keep it. If Republicans crafted a simple bill that guarantees the right of individuals and businesses to opt out of ObamaCare, buy the health insurance they choose from any willing seller (with risk pools completely separate from ObamaCare), millions of Americans would rejoice and exercise this freedom. Such a proposal would be easy for Republicans to articulate and defend. And it would be very difficult for Democrats to attack.

via Phil Gramm: A Simple Cure for ObamaCare: Freedom – WSJ.

One Response to Phil Gramm: A Simple Cure for ObamaCare: Freedom – WSJ

  1. Bob Hertz says:

    As always I love your work on the blog. You should get more attention!
    However the Phil Gramm piece should not have been presented without comments.
    The Gramm proposal would let younger and healthier persons buy cheaper policies (like they could before 2010).
    Anyone who was older or unhealthy would be shunted off to what remains of Obamacare.

    That is not all bad. But you should have commented that those younger healthier persons will have to pay higher taxes to keep the high risk pools going. The entire history of high risk pools in the states is a history of constant underfunding. (Texas was one of the worst states in this regard.)

    As it happens, I think that Gramm is a dangerous windbag, who had some role with his wife in the mortgage securities meltdown.
    But he still has the right to comment on health care, I guess.

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