Wimping Out on Obamacare?

After riding an anti-Obamacare wave to control of the Senate and gains in the House, Republicans seem to be focused on small-ball “fixes” to Obamacare that please their corporate backers, rather than on paving the way to full repeal and replacement.

The Weekly Standard, January 9, 2015
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    Obamacare: The Real Pain Starts This Year

    Obamacare reduces access to primary care physicians, community hospitals, and E.R.s—“precisely the opposite of what most Americans wanted from reform”—and a conservative alternative needs to take things in the opposite direction.

    American Spectator, January 5, 2015
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    2015 Is the Year of the Mandate

    In the New Year, Americans will start feeling the ill-effects of the coercive and unprecedented individual mandate—which fines those who don’t buy federally compliant health insurance—and Republicans would do well to target this core element of Obamacare.

    Washington Examiner, January 5, 2015
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    Don’t ‘Fix’ Obamacare

    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.

    The Weekly Standard, February 2, 2015
  • Bye, Bye Bailout

    The end of Obamacare’s insurer bailout is an important step on the road to repealing the 2,700-page overhaul.

    National Center for Policy Analysis, December 15, 2014
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    Insurers Complain About Losing Bailout

    Health insurance companies are full of self-righteous indignation about losing their Obamacare bailout—the absence of which will now force them to price their Obamacare policies more honestly, rather than lowballing their prices and expecting taxpayers to help cover their losses.

    The Hill, December 10, 2014
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    How to Finally Kill Obamacare

    With King v. Burwell now at the Supreme Court, the time is right for Republicans to coalesce around a winning conservative alternative to Obamacare, so that they aren’t tempted to try to “fix” the 2,700-page monstrosity if the Court declares it largely inoperable.

    USA Today, December 9, 2014
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    Obamacare Creates Boom for Federal Contractors

    The military-industrial complex is giving ground to the healthcare-industrial complex: “This is a pretty exciting time to be in the federal health IT space,” says a Lockheed Martin V.P., and the “biggest opportunities I would point to are efforts associated with the Affordable Care Act.”

    Daily Signal, December 9, 2014
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    Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Economic Productivity

    A distinguished University of Chicago economics professor says that, thanks to Obamacare’s income-based subsidies (which discourage work) and its two implicit taxes on full-time employment, “If you like your weak economy, you can keep your weak economy.”

    Imprimis, 2014
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    GOP Victory on Unemployment Benefits Challenges Idea They Can’t Repeal Obamacare

    Republicans don’t have to look far for evidence that it is possible to rein in government subsidies.

    Washington Examiner, November 17, 2014
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    The CBO Effectively Used Gruber’s Model to Score Obamacare

    There is not a lot of daylight between the model the CBO developed and used to score Obamacare and the Jonathan Gruber model the Obama administration paid to use, and an amazing number of “independent” favorable reviews of Obamacare ultimately trace to Gruber.

    The Weekly Standard, November 16, 2014
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    TWS Podcast: The Obamacare Lies

    The 2017 Project’s executive director Jeff Anderson discusses Jonathan Gruber’s comments about “the stupidity of the American voter” and the importance of using noblelies to pass legislation that empowers the ruling class.

    The Weekly Standard, November 12, 2014
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    Election Fuels Obamacare Alternative, Puts Brakes on Medicaid Expansion

    In the wake of the election, Republicans will likely be looking anew at Obamacare alternatives while looking askance at Obamacare Medicaid expansions.

    Heartland Institute, November 7, 2014
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    GOP Hammers Democrats on Obamacare, Spending, and Immigration

    To cut through the spin and understand what the 2014 elections were really about, one need only look at the issues candidates used in their ads to persuade voters: Obamacare, spending, and immigration.

    The Weekly Standard, November 4, 2014
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    Obamacare: Unpopular as Ever

    Republicans are poised to retake the Senate, but panicky Democrats are assuring themselves that if that happens, it will have nothing to do with....

    National Review, November 3, 2014