Skip to comments.Obamacare Canít Be Fixed: Tweaking wonít help; the only solution is to repeal and replace.
Posted on 05/23/2014 7:59:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Self-shackled with a tremendously unpopular overhaul of American medicine that they passed without a single Republican vote, Democrats are now clinging to the hope that voters will offer them a chance to fix what they have wrought. For three major reasons, however, that hope is likely to prove futile. One, Democrats have shown no genuine interest in fixing Obamacare. Their talk about fixing it is merely that: a talking point. Two, they have no ideas for fixing it (aside from adding another metal to the list of government-dictated insurance options). Three, and most important, Obamacare isnt fixable. Like a house thats horribly designed, shoddily built, and sitting on an uneven foundation, it isnt something that invites fixing. It invites tearing down, clearing the lot of the debris, and building anew using the blueprint from the right sort of conservative alternative (one that protects Americans existing insurance).
On the first two points that Democrats have no particular desire to fix Obamacare and no idea how to do so the groups American Commitment and American Encore have just released an effective short web video:
On the third point, Democrats fix-it rhetoric clashes badly with their earlier assertions about Obamacare. Before passage, Democrats described Obamacare as comprehensive legislation, whose complex component parts were so intricately intertwined that making substantial changes to them wasnt an option. On the eve of the health-care summit (where Paul Ryan had a few things to say to President Obama), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, I think the president remains committed to the notion that we have to have a comprehensive approach, because the pieces of the puzzle are too closely tied to one another. Such comprehensive approaches call out for comprehensive repeal, not piecemeal fixes.
Moreover, what would Democrats try to fix? Perhaps the least popular part of Obamacare has long been the individual mandate its requirement that, for the first time in American history, private citizens must buy a product or service of the federal governments choosing, merely as a condition of living in the United States. What would happen if Democrats were to fix Obamacare by nixing this liberty-sapping mandate? Well, heres Obama adviser Stephanie Cutter, writing on the official White House blog and explaining what would happen:
The Affordable Care Act . . . bans insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. However, unless every American is required to have insurance, it would be cost prohibitive to cover people with pre-existing conditions.
Heres why: If insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to anyone who applies for insurance especially those who have health problems and are potentially more expensive to cover then there is nothing stopping someone from waiting until theyre sick or injured to apply for coverage since insurance companies cant say no. That would lead to double digit premiums increases up to 20% for everyone with insurance, and would significantly increase the cost [of] health care spending nationwide.
So any Democratic fix would have to either (a) keep the hated individual mandate in place, (b) remove the ban on discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, or (c) make Obamacare even more expensive. Republicans should ask Democrats which of these three theyd prefer.
The reason Obamacare cannot be fixed is that it is comprehensive. Its a comprehensive attempt to consolidate power and money in Washington at the expense of Americans liberty, funnel much of that money to Obamas insurance-industry allies, compel Americans to buy those insurers products, and send the tab for all of this back to a citizenry that never wanted Obamacare in the first place. How do you tweak that?
In short, the notion of a fix is fanciful. Obamacare is beyond repair. As Yuval Levin wrote shortly after its passage, Obamacare
is not even a liberal approach to escalating costs but a ticking time bomb: a scheme that will build up pressure in our private insurance system while offering no escape. Rather than reform a system that everyone agrees is unsustainable, it will subsidize that system and compel participation in it. . . .
Because Obamacare embodies a rejection of incrementalism, it cannot be improved in small steps. Fixing our health care system in the wake of the programs enactment will require a big step repeal of the law.
Thats exactly right. Obamacare cant be fixed, but the American health-care system can be and the first step in fixing our health-care system is repealing Obamacare.
Jeffrey H. Anderson is executive director of the 2017 Project, which is working to advance a conservative reform agenda, including a winning alternative to Obamacare.
Just repeal the damn thing, keep the government out of it and let me handle my own health care.
What is the Conservative alternative? No one will say.
What is the Conservative alternative? No one will say.
They’ll start pushing single-payer. I’ve heard multiple (liberal) nurses I’ve spoken with saying this is the only answer.
They just don’t get it.
The only solution is to repeal and NOT replace. Let private enterprise do its thing.
RE: What is the Conservative alternative? No one will say.
BURR, COBURN, HATCH UNVEIL OBAMACARE REPLACEMENT PLAN
Senate Republican Proposal Lowers Health Care Costs, Increases Access to Affordable, Quality Care Without Government-Centered Regulations, Mandates
Yes, Theres A Republican Health Care Plan: Bobby Jindals Plan
What the GOP needs to do is COALESCE around a plan and present it as a UNIFIED proposal to America ( much like Newt Ginrich’s CONTRACT WITH AMERICA in 1994 ).
RE: Let private enterprise do its thing.
THAT would be replacement.
If you want a pure private enterprise system, you have to replace MEDICAID.
Why replace? The healthcare industry, while not perfect, was certainly much better before the kenyan decided to "fix" it. Which reminds me - we need to repeal 0bama along with his 'care'.
We had a chance to defund it and republicrat ‘leaders” Shook in there Italian made shoes and started crying.
RE: Just repeal the damn thing, keep the government out of it and let me handle my own health care.
Well, that itself is a REPLACEMENT.
If you want to keep government out of it, you have to do away with MEDICAID. How is that not a replacement?
Fixed for the benefit of the good people at NRO.
RE: Why replace?
Don’t we want healthcare to be REALLY affordable for more people?
It wasn’t under the pre-Obamacare status quo.
RE: Fixed for the benefit of the good people at NRO.
I don’t think you can win this election by simply saying we want to go back to the way things were pre-Obamacare.
Precisely! There should no talk of “replace” in any area. Simply repeal and allow the free market to adjust.
The real problem we have seen is the increase of “customers” that —on entry to the healthcare market— cannot afford the costs (can you say illegal immigrants?). That is what overwhelmed the system and turned our Dhimmicrat-run government into “concern trolls”.
At some point, the individual can make a conscious decision to take advantage of the medical market place (or not). Cripes, G. Washington lived until 67 years-old, if he had the opportunity to access medical technology that would have added 5 more years to his life, he damn-sure would have paid for it out of his own pocket (my grandchildren are worth every penny I pay for health-care!)
Currently, our government champions “choice” yet routinely denies it in the marketplace.
The free market is a bad idea? I don’t think so.
The Democrats have Obamacare and the VA as their examples of government run health care. People want to make their own decisions and should be given the opportunity. There has never been a better time to run on a liberty-based platform in my opinion.
Conservative Alternative = Get the ferel government out of healthcare
So the Conservative idea is a heavy government subsidies, mandatory insurance coverage, no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and keeping kids on their parents’ insurance through age 25.
Why does that sound vaguely familiar?
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