Reason article has major flaws. Don’t be fooled http://reason.com/blog/2017/02/14/irs-blow-to-obamacare-individual-mandate
From a friend with great credentials. Great points to take to heart.
There are a lot of problems with this piece and perspective in general which I’ve outlined below.
- You can’t just ignore a 2,000 page bill and pretend like it doesn’t exist. Trump’s executive order was a step in the right direction to help ease the burden of Obamacare but a Democrat could win in 4 years and simply start enforcing Obamacare even if Congress is still held by the GOP (see the last 4 years). Just because the Republicans have control of Congress now doesn’t mean they will hold it from now until the end of time. The best way to stop Obamacare is to repeal it so that no future President can bring it back to life unless they pass a new law.
- When you “pass laws that have nothing directly to do with repealing Obamacare” or “make health insurance a state issue” while Obamacare is still on the books you are, in effect, passing a replacement without repealing Obamacare. Not only is this strategy just a worse version of “Repeal and Repair” it will lead to conflicting laws which could be ignored by the next Democrat President. Since both laws exist on the books it will come back to the executive agencies to interpret the law which is the kind of uncertainty which hurts our efforts in the long run.
- When he says “Obamacare is dying” he should instead say “the private health care market is dying because of Obamacare“. As private companies pull out of the exchanges they are still subject to new regulations, laws and taxes which impact all insurance companies and lead to worse plans. Fewer and fewer plans only hurt the consumer, Obamacare as an entity will still be around even as insurance plans die off.
- The politics are not as clear-cut as he thinks. What if Congress isn’t able to move on a replacement and the GOP gets swept out of office 2 or 4 years from now? Newly elected Democrats will have the perfect opportunity to say “The GOP sabotaged Obamacare and now we need to fix it!” This could lead to an even worse version which marches us closer to single-payer.
Overall this ignore Obamacare and pretend like it doesn’t exist won’t work. A law is a law and it needs to be repealed if we want to end its long-term impact for good. That can be difficult to do but we have a very rare opportunity to do just that over the next two years.
I’ll leave you all with this very familiar quote which is very relevant to this topic!