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Can Obamacare Be Undone?
The reality of repeal.

Rep. John Boehner speaks behind a version of Obamacare in October 2009.

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JOHN GOODMAN
There are numerous structural flaws in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Each is so potentially damaging that Congress will have to resort to major corrective action to address it in the absence of repeal. Here’s a revenue-neutral approach to begin the necessary corrections: Delay the scheduled cuts in Medicare spending by five years and pay for that expense by delaying the (2014) start date of Obamacare by two years.

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This makes sense: Almost no state is ready for the scheduled 2014 opening of the state health-insurance exchanges. A majority have not even tried to get ready. In addition, a reason to delay the draconian cuts in Medicare physician fees is that all of the pilot programs designed to achieve efficiencies are producing negative or lackluster results — forcing Medicare to fall back on a requirement to reduce doctor and hospital fees to such an extent that access to care for the elderly and disabled will be severely impaired. 

Without a mandate, the insurance exchanges would collapse under the weight of people gaming the system. However, a weakly enforced mandate is like no mandate at all. If the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate, it may be a blessing in disguise for the administration — allowing both parties the opportunity to get back to work and ultimately replace Obamacare with something that will work.

— John C. Goodman is president of the National Center for Policy Analysis.


KRISTAN HAWKINS
For the survival of this great country, the freedoms we hold dear, and our individual liberties, it is imperative that Obamacare be repealed or struck down by the Supreme Court. The law gives government unprecedented control over our lives, forcing us to buy products we may not want and to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. No government should be able to force its people to choose between violating their consciences and paying steep penalties. Obamacare must go.

If the Court does not strike down the law and a Republican wins the White House, his first priority must be to take whatever actions necessary to repeal this law. It is disheartening to think of any other outcome.

— Kristan Hawkins is executive director of Students for Life of America.




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