With the release of a comprehensive new economic analysis that finds that cutting long-extended unemployment benefits led to “nearly all of the remarkable employment growth in the U.S. in 2014,” middle-class Americans have further proof that President Obama’s policies have failed them.
King v. Burwell provides Republicans with a time for choosing: they can prepare to negotiate “fixes” to Obamacare with the Obama administration, or they can lay out a plan that would effectively repeal and replace Obamacare in 36 states and lay the groundwork for full repeal in 2017.
A potentially favorable ruling in King v. Burwell shouldn’t be viewed by Republicans as an invitation to “fix” Obamacare; instead, it should be viewed as a chance to effectively repeal and replace Obamacare with a conservative alternative in 36 states.
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.
Republican leaders don’t yet seem to have made any headway on an Obamacare alternative, but Republican voters must hold the party accountable for producing one.
The CBO projects that Obamacare will cost $50,000 per newly insured person over the next decade — in addition to $200 billion in “penalty payments” from Americans who refuse to buy or provide federally mandated insurance — and will leave 31 million uninsured.
“If Republicans fail to coalesce around an alternative” to Obamacare, “Democrats will inevitably wait for their next opening to build on the law, working incrementally toward their ultimate goal of a fully government-run…healthcare system.”
Congressional Republicans should step up their efforts to rein in Obama’s lawless executive amnesty, not just because it is bad policy, but because it threatens the Constitutional order that is the foundation of our republic.
Even in a poll in which President Obama gets a 50 percent approval rating, 56 percent of those same respondents are in favor of Republicans blocking his lawless amnesty when told how many people it involves.