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Nice try. Now just repeal it

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Noemie Emery, the author of this piece, has it right…repeal the damn thing!  If Democrats do not jump on board to stop the bleeding, they will own it…lock, stock, and barrel.

But then comes the big, frustrating problem.  Republicans will need a majority in the senate in 2018 to ensure that they can seal the deal to eventually repeal it, in its entirety, and get back to the basics of health care without illegal mandates on The People!

Although this is the right thing to do, who can trust the voters, especially liberals, to cast the right votes in 2018 to do the right thing, for their mindset is stuck on more, more, more!


As Paul Ryan and House Republicans struggle to find a new way forward on healthcare, they should consider taking a cue from Henry David Thoreau: “simplify, simplify, simplify.”

Rather than making another convoluted attempt to reorganize Obamacare, the GOP needs to get back to basics. They can start by doing what they’ve already done numerous times – vote for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Last month, in an attempt to cut Obamacare’s deadweight while salvaging its more alluring trappings, the GOP wandered into an unnecessary miasma – CBO reports, cost estimates, coverage levels, and on and on.

This was never the right debate. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that policy analysis doesn’t matter. In fact, it’s my stock and trade. But good policy doesn’t emanate from clean numbers alone.

As political philosopher and Harvard Professor Michael Sandel has noted, policymaking begins with a simple question: “What’s the right thing to do?”

Wittingly or not, Donald Trump addressed this question in his February 28th speech before Congress. In one of his more lucid adherences to conservative orthodoxy, Trump argued that “Mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America.”

That’s the real issue. It’s not primarily that the ACA is clunky, overpriced, or inefficacious, though it is all of those things.

It’s not even that the ACA tried to extend healthcare coverage to all Americans. That’s a noble goal and one we should pursue.

The problem is that the ACA pursued these goals through inherently un-American policy levers, like it’s myriad of government mandates and restricted choices.

Simply put, the ACA is bad public policy because it was never the right thing to do.

Somewhere along the way, the GOP lost sight of Ronald Reagan’s wisdom: “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.”

Republicans don’t need to rush a complicated bill through Congress, and they don’t need to tinker around the edges of the Affordable Care Act, hoping that they won’t offend too many people.

The right thing to do is simple: just repeal Obamacare.

From there, lawmakers can start over – designing a healthcare system that’s right for America; one rooted in the principles of self-government and voluntary exchange that have undergirded American policymaking for the past two centuries.

Last month, President Trump issued Republican lawmakers an ill-conceived ultimatum – “take it or leave it.” The House Freedom Caucus called his bluff, and the ultimatum failed. Now it’s time to lay down a new challenge.

The GOP should force vulnerable Democrats facing reelection to vote on a repeal.

If they fall short, then at least they will have washed their hands of the ACA and placed Obamacare, with its varied and numerous failings, back where it belongs – with the lawmakers who created it.

Yes, Democrats in the Senate will do everything in their power to block a repeal, but in order to do so they’ll have to double down on their ownership of the ACA.

The GOP should make them, and then trust the American people to give them the Congressional majority they’ll need in 2018 to fix American healthcare once and for all.

It’s simply the right thing to do.


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  1. Angus Rangus April 11, 2017 at 8:35 AM -  Reply

    Listen carefully…

    tic … tic … tic … tic

    Every Senior has been “advised” thoroughly by Social Security Administration for a decade that ‘incoming revenue’ …
    … can’t cover ‘outgoing SS pensions’…
    … 2023 might have seemed an eternity a coupla decades ago?

    NOPE… just 6 years more … and SSA promises to cut your vested SS beneftis to 74 cents on the dollar!!

    It only gets worse… Commie BARAMA’s Treasury TZAR ‘LEW’ laughed all the way home after installing a device that will ‘save’ SS for one more year…

    … putting in a 7.5% ‘interest assumption’ on the IOU’s our Federal GOVT has been funding both SS & Medicare since Commie LBJ’s 1965 Great Society scam first started!!

    HOW much does your bank pay you on your home mortgage??


    For those doubting the actuality of this simple conclusion… read the 2015 SS Trustees Annual Report… 2016’s won’t be available for several months.

  2. Old Jim April 11, 2017 at 8:41 AM -  Reply

    BUT, you say… BARAMAcare has nothing to do with SS & Medicare??

    Medicare average costs will bear at least $4,000 higher than before BARAMAcare put in all the FREE STUFF!!

    Medicare Trustees reported they had no belief in the assumptions used for projecting Medicare cost as a % of GDP…
    … that IF the “doctor fix” kept perverting the budgetary constraints on reining in MD unit costs / units charges — at least 30% MORE would be needed for this item alone.

    THE DOCTOR FIX became permanent!!

    The Trustees inserted an appendix showing what they thought the real cost factors might be… and guesstimated actual Medicare cost as % of GDP would be TWICE that reported officially!!

    No HollyWeird fiction writer could make this shat up!!

    HOW many Seniors… how many Workers…

    EVER BOTHER SKIMMING THE 120 pages of ANNUAL SS & Medicare Trustee Reports???

  3. uniwersity of barssom at helium grad April 11, 2017 at 8:46 AM -  Reply

    NOW… consider WHY your DNC used MEDICAID as their vehicle to insure another 50 million poor Americans / Illegal Aliens / spawn of both??

    The deficit spending of BARAMAcare is not officially reported actuarially…
    … since no Trust Funds nor Commie LBJ “IOU’s” were involved.

    HOW big is it now??

    Medicaid might have already exceeded Medicare total expenditures in 2016…

    … since all the statistical lies we get from HHS / CMS are two years old…

    … we have no way of knowing how high is up!!

    Medicaid started as a Fed GOVT “temporary safety net”… kinda’ like Food Stamps… that should never exceed $75 MILLION or so…

    Did Medicaid pass $600 BILLION yet??

    MEDICARE is in sad shape… as over $600 BILLION is paid out…
    … against just $120 BILLION collected in payroll taxes ?

    Medicaid has NO tax basis whatsoever…??

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