Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Republicans need to suck it up: Repeal Obamacare

I am the "rip the bandaid off" personality. With Obamacare, there are no great solutions, just less bad ones. The least bad is usually the simplest and most direct. I say repeal Obamacare and let the insurance markets recover.

Politically that will be tough but not impossible to pull that off (pardon the pun). Ted Cruz and Mike Pence may be working behind the scenes to avoid a filibuster.

Republicans will still have a challenge getting even fifty votes. If they have to to cobble a deal (with Collins, Murkowski and others willing to break), perhaps offer a fix for vulnerable people for two years to curtail the cries that Republicans are killing children and the poor (the risk with that is there will always be a push to extend it indefinitely).  

The alternative is just wait (which is hardly risk free). If we do that, at least allow consumers and insurers to provide real insurance (without preexisting conditions covered) which could truly be affordable. With the health savings accounts, consumers could pay for immediate health services they need out of pocket (and with pretax dollars) and have catastrophic insurance (just in case something bad happens).

Rush Limbaugh: The Limbaugh Health Care Plan. Rush is right: It is not just Obamacare, it is fifty years of federal meddling with healthcare and insurance that got us in this mess. But you have to start somewhere.

EBL: Losing the House Over Obamacare Repeal: Who's Right?, If you can't repeal Obamacare, go around it, GOP Obamacare Replacement: I would prefer repeal and just repeal...

Instapundit: Wait or use the Reid option, PJ MediaWhy do consumers need government approved insurance coverage? (which goes back to my suggestion of going around Obamacare), Voters will reward republicans if they do what they promised

Rush Limbaugh: Why does repealing Obamacare look like implementing Obamacare, Trust in Trump, and CBO Fake News

Powerline: Tom Cotton reject the parliamentarian dodgeThe press is hurting Trump (Trump did not win by appeasing the press did he...), is the CBO right that the GOP replacement plan is unstable?

Hot Air: Being PopulistTom Cotton: Come on, there's no 3 step process to this...

Heat Street: Tom Cotton: Life after Ryan (new conservative heartthrob)

DaTechGuy: Ryan Care: No good, just bad and ugly

Wombat: Megan McArdle: Obamacare Isn’t Going To Fix Itself

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