After inheriting a nation with drug use in steep decline, the Obama administration’s combination of neglect and unfulfilled promises related to drug control, treatment, and prevention has brought “devastating results.”
The Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell makes clear that the nation-defining task of repealing Obamacare falls to the political branches—and provides a time for choosing for the Republican Party.
House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price introduces new legislation, based on the 2017 Project’s alternative, that is “the strongest Obamacare alternative offered in Congress to date,” thereby providing “the best chance” so far “to unite Republicans” and pave the road to full repeal.
Under a winning alternative, costs would drop, liberty would be secured, and any American who wants to buy health insurance would be able to do so.
With King v. Burwell behind us, Obamacare is poised to become the main issue in the 2016 election.
After King v. Burwell, Republicans will divide into the “Fix-It Caucus,” the “Replacement Caucus,” and the “Repeal-Only Caucus,” with the first and third being guaranteed losers (the first by design) and the second being a winner—which means it’s time for GOP presidential candidates to unveil their Obamacare alternatives.
Four reforms would help Congress “break and control the violence of faction”: ban committee chairs from taking money from donors with business before the committee; ban former members from lobbying; have Congress provide more of its own information; and have the House Rules Committee stop logrolls.
Anyone who thinks Obamacare will lower deficits—even though it is raising them in its first decade—is ignoring that seniors won’t quietly acquiesce to having Obamacare siphon ever-more money out of Medicare, as it’s slated to do.
Obamacare was designed to consolidate and centralize power and money—not only in the hands of government, but also its allies—and the fact that it is doing so is a reminder that there is no substitute for repealing it.