The Obamacare replacement plan offered by Republicans, called the American Health Care Act, has been met with a chilly reception amongst conservatives. Still, while some like Senator Rand Paul have tarred the bill as “Obamacare Lite,” there are others like Speaker Paul Ryan who believe that, “this is the closest we will ever get to Obamacare repeal.”
Tempted as I am to gravitate towards Rand’s blunt talk and concur with his fellow Senate conservative Mike Lee that this bill marks a, “step in the wrong direction,” I am mindful that the entire architecture of Obamacare was designed to make full repeal nearly impossible.
One of the things that made Chief Justice John Robert’s judicial activism in saving Obamacare so devastating according to most all conservative pundits at the time was that it marked the last chance to halt the inexorable hand of government from deeply entwining itself into the intricacies of the American healthcare system. Once that happened, once government evicted private enterprise in key areas and took its place, any attempt to undo it later would leave gaping wounds in the system that would be not just undesirable, but untenable.
That’s why the smartest way forward for conservatives may not be obstinate dismissal of the AHCA, but instead the measured and deliberate approach to improve it by of one of the Senate’s most consistent conservatives: Ted Cruz.Read the rest of this op-ed HERE and follow a link to a related story below:
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