Though Obamacare is law, it is not settled policy. Most Americans continue to say that President Obama and the 111th Congress got health reform wrong — very wrong.
Faced with this growing criticism, supporters insist they can fix the law with more legislation and more regulation. We disagree. The problems with Obamacare cannot be fixed because they are woven into its fabric. The law is fundamentally and structurally flawed, and cannot be repaired or improved. It must be repealed and replaced.
You simply can’t build a patient-centered health-care system on Obamacare’s foundation of bureaucracy and central planning.
Throughout our new book, Why Obamacare Is Wrong for America, we describe in detail where this law will take us — to higher costs, lower quality, long waits for care, and limits on access to new treatments and medicines.
The very real problems with health care in the United States can be solved, but not with Obamacare. The key is to empower patients, not the government.
We are at a crossroads: Either we can move to a truly market-driven health-care economy that puts consumers in charge of choices, or we can continue to build one that puts government at the center. Obamacare will be governed by hundreds of new boards and commissions, thousands of regulators, and tens of thousands of pages of regulation.
Instead, we support a system that builds on the core strength of our market economy and puts consumers in charge. You would have new powers and the tools to demand better choices in a competitive marketplace that offers more affordable health insurance and policies that suit your needs.
But to get there, Congress must fix some of the fundamental flaws that are keeping you from being able to own and control your own health insurance and therefore make more of your own health choices. You could pick policies that would allow you to keep young-adult children on your policy, cover preventive care with no out-of-pocket costs, and have no limits on what your policy will pay. The policies would likely be more expensive; the difference is, you would decide whether they are worth the cost.
Our current system has built so many barriers to allowing you to make these choices that many people think it just can’t be done. “It’s better to have Obamacare than the system we have now,” some say. But the future under Obamacare is bleak. Instead, we can build a bright 21st-century health-care economy. The key is to give power to the people!
FACTS OF LIFE
Between now and 2013, several facts of life remain. The current health-overhaul law is on the books, and bureaucrats in the Obama administration are grinding away to put the regulatory machinery in place. It’s unlikely that Congress could muster the votes in the 112th Congress to overturn President Obama’s predictable veto of a bill that would overturn the law. And it will be hard to convince independent voters that a sweeping repeal of Obamacare is a good idea until they see better ideas being offered. Free-market reformers must offer positive solutions, not a status quo that is unsatisfactory to many Americans.