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Repealing ObamaCare is not enough

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

"One would think that repealing Obamacare would have been the first order of business for the Republican-controlled Congress once Trump was sworn in. After all, Republicans have spent the last seven years since Obamacare was passed denouncing the law, campaigning on promises to repeal it, airing more than $235 million in ads attacking the law, and staging more than 50 high-profile votes in the House to repeal it. It turns out that 'some GOP legislators are saying that the political assault on Obamacare was an exercise in cynical politics, and that an outright repeal was never on the table.'" (04/07/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/repealing-obamacare-not-enough/

White House presents new GOP health care plan to moderates, conservatives

Source: CBS News

"The White House has come up with a new proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters Monday night. Meadows said Vice President Pence, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney met with the conservative House members Monday. Pence met with moderates earlier in the day. While Meadows said 'there is no deal, in principle,' he did refer to the proposal as 'a solid idea that was offered,' and said his caucus would evaluate its impact on premium costs. … The White House initiative on Capitol Hill comes just after another vocal opponent of the last Republican bill, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spent the weekend playing golf with President Trump and talking about health care." (04/04/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-presents-new-gop-health-care-plan-to-moderates-conservatives/

ObamaCare repeal is dead — long live ObamaCare repeal

Source: The American Spectator
by Ross Kaminsky

"While President Trump has over the course of less than a week vacillated between 'I'm moving on' and 'a deal is near,' Republican congressmen are ignoring the White House. Mr. Trump has done all the cajoling and arm-twisting he needs to do. Most Republicans are already as motivated as they can be to repeal and replace Obamacare. At this point, more presidential involvement is not only unneeded, but would serve only to slow down the process. Despite President Trump's back-and-forth, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's depressing statement that the Obamacare 'status quo … (will) go forward, regretfully,' every House member I spoke with believes that an improved measure will come up for a vote in less than a month, perhaps in just one to two weeks." (03/29/17)

https://spectator.org/obamacare-repeal-is-dead-long-live-obamacare-repeal/

Comparing ObamaCare scams

Source: Independent Institute
by Gary M Galles

"Speaking on the Boston Herald's 'morning drive' radio show several days ago, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber called the Republicans' Obamacare 'repeal and replace' plan 'a scam.' That's an interesting accusation coming from one of the architects of Obamacare, who helped 'sell' the plan to the American people by misleading them. As British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is credited with saying: 'There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.' Gruber seems to have mastered all three, using his knowledge of economics to twist things so the less-well-informed would believe his lies. And he has repeatedly bragged about it." (03/27/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9027

How right-wing media saved ObamaCare

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

[T]the GOP didn't honestly acknowledge the hard tradeoffs inherent in health-care policy before making the case for a market-driven system. Republicans tried to hide the fact of tradeoffs …. And it helps explain how Republicans could win a presidential election and lots of congressional elections on the promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare, only to produce bill so wildly unappealing to voters. Once Republicans commenced governing, the tradeoffs couldn't be elided any longer. Still, even the insight that Republicans spent years willfully obscuring the tradeoffs involved in health-care policy doesn't fully explain the last week. Focusing on GOP officials leaves out yet another important actor in this debacle: the right-wing media." (03/27/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/03/the-right-wing-media-helped-obamacare-in-spite-of-itself/520851/

Why Trump can't fix healthcare

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"Bill Clinton tried to fix America's health care problems and was shot down by Congress. Barack Obama got his solution enacted only to find most people didn't like it. Republicans who voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something far better have found it fiendishly hard to agree on how. It could be that our health care problems don't get solved because of partisanship, incompetence, corruption or dishonesty among our elected officials. Or it could be because those problems are not soluble." (03/27/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/27/why-trump-cant-fix-health-care

For GOP on healthcare, there's no "moving on"

Source: Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon

"On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn't have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a 'setback' and that Republicans are 'moving on' from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won't be pretty. 'We will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future,' Trump told the media after the House pulled the bill. There is no way this will stand. No matter what President Trump says, he is not done with Obamacare. Congress still needs to rescue Americans from this law. Now they have a chance — and a responsibility — to do it right." (03/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/gop-health-care-theres-no-moving

National healthcare is the health of the state

Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

"Ever since the Libertarian Party was formed in December 1971 there has been a hope by some that electing libertarians to high office could slow or reverse the march to greater government control over private affairs. We just had a crystal-clear proof that it's a fatally-flawed theory. In 2016 the American electorate voted for a Republican president and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress pledged to repeal the Democratic-Party-passed Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. … Debates endlessly rehash everything except the obvious: only a small caucus of Republican legislators had any desire to repeal the ACA and the GOP replacement bill was merely a reshuffling of how government-provided benefits were to be managed. … There's a lesson here for all political observers, but particularly libertarians: socialistic programs, once enacted into law, can’t be repealed. Politics, itself, foils it." (03/25/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/03/national-healthcare-is-the-health-of-the-state/

TrumpCare Trumped

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Donald Trump ran, in part, on the promise of getting rid of ObamaCare. But upon taking the reins, two things became obvious: Republicans in Congress lacked the guts to repeal the ACA, and even lacked a coherent scheme to alter it. The new president could hardly be expected to possess the plan they lacked, though on the campaign trail he suggested the best approach: repeal, then open up insurance markets across state lines. The GOP Congress, on the other hand, was all promise and no clue. So Speaker of the House Paul Ryan hastily cooked up what was to be the new TrumpCare — a ridiculous reform package with nothing much to say for it." (03/27/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/27/trumpcare-trumped/

Trump's healthcare debacle

Source: The American Conservative
by Robert W Merry

"Political capital is like financial capital. A politician invests it in ventures that may or may not pay off. The more bold the venture, the greater the risk — but also the greater the potential return if things go well. But the politician, like the financial investor, has to understand the market. If either makes an investment based on a faulty perception of the market, the investment almost surely will go south. Then the financial investor ends up with less financial capital to play with, just as the political investor ends up with less political capital. President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan invested a large chunk of political capital in health care. They didn't know the market. The investment went south, taking with it a large store of political capital. Now they have less to play with." (03/24/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumps-health-care-debacle/