February 21, 2019

ALL COMEDY IS CONSERVATIVE:

ObamaCare Is Looking Better and Better to Republicans (Martin Longman February 21, 2019, Washington Monthly)

Sometimes, I am gobsmacked when I watch conservatives talk to each other. Take, for example, Kevin Williamson of the National Review trying to explain why Republicans should examine some European health care systems. [...]

Here's the thing: Republicans, and most Americans, say they want a system in which insurance companies are obliged to cover expenses associated with preexisting conditions. They also want insurance to be provided privately in the market. I have a very hard time seeing how you can have both of those things without having an individual mandate, without which the underlying incentives all but ensure a dysfunctional insurance market. You'd have no incentive to sign up for a plan and pay premiums until you came down with something expensive. [...]

If the Republicans hadn't demonized the Affordable Care Act, they could use it for their alternative model to what the many Democrats will be pushing for on the 2020 campaign trail. This shouldn't surprise us. The Affordable Care Act was modeled on the Massachusetts health care law that was established while Mitt Romney was serving as governor of the Bay State. And the Massachusetts law was based on a 1993 plan the Heritage Foundation promoted (very disingenuously) as an alternative to HillaryCare.

thanks, UR!
Posted by at February 21, 2019 5:05 PM

  

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