January 11, 2015

AS ANY HALF COMPETENT ANALYST COULD HAVE TOLD YOU...:

Wimping Out on Obamacare? (Jeffrey H. Anderson, January 19, 2015, Weekly Standard)

Unfortunately, the early signs suggest that House and Senate Republican leaders think voters sent them to Washington to make Obamacare better--on the margins, in ways that appeal to corporate interests. [...]

[W]hy would Republicans want to "fix" the law in this way? The focus of Obamacare's opponents should be on repealing and replacing the overhaul, not on repairing it--and everything they do should be with an eye toward advancing that larger goal. In the short term, therefore, they can look to pull pieces out of Obamacare--particularly pieces whose absence would simultaneously provide relief for Americans and undermine Obamacare. A fine example is the individual mandate: Americans hate it, and Obamacare relies upon it. Another good play is to highlight especially egregious sections that haven't gotten much popular attention, such as the effective ban on building or expanding doctor-owned hospitals--a striking example of Obamacare's rampant cronyism, and one that comes at the expense of a group with whom Republicans would be well-served to align themselves.

It is one thing to take pieces out of Obamacare in a strategic way, however, and quite another to reach inside and start actively tweaking and "fixing" it, a trap that Republicans had essentially avoided to date. If they succeed in changing the definition of full-time work from 30 to 40 hours, Republicans will put their fingerprints on Obama-care, a monstrosity not of their making, taking partial ownership of the president's unpopular namesake.


....Republicans are going to reform the Heritage plan, not repeal it.  

Posted by at January 11, 2015 9:02 AM
  

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