Whatever Replaces Obamacare Will Look a Lot Like Obamacare
‘Mend it, don’t end it” was Bill Clinton’s rhetorical straddle regarding affirmative action. Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) look increasingly like “mend it, don’t end it.”
The problem is not that, …
The House GOP Needs to Perform Quick Surgery on Its Health-Care Bill
Frankenstein’s limbs are severable, and able to be reassembled, until the creature is finally brought to life. Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team should consider that when trying to garner conservative votes for the Obamacare replacement bill, or “…
Republicans Are Finding It Hard to Play Defense
Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing, billed as the first public inquiry into Russia’s election meddling, was a spectacle with an obvious lesson: Offense is easier than defense.
House Republicans had a good time investigating the Obama administration. How …
There is much to criticize about the American Health Care Act and less to recommend it than one might have hoped. But, if our motto for the coming years is to take our victories where we find them — to …
Obamacare Was the Wrong Road to Go Down, but Backtracking Is Hard
‘We all want progress,” C.S. Lewis wrote, “but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most …
The Real World of Obamacare Repeal
The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for …
A funny thing happened to the American political parties: Republicans, who have done nothing but win since 2010 and whose current leader speaks of nothing but “winning,” have become the party of losers.
And not in a good way.
I was …
The House Should Slow Down and Fix the GOP Health-Care Bill
The American Health Care Act, the House Republicans’ proposal for repealing and replacing large parts of Obamacare, has had a rough start in life. It was introduced by House leaders on March 6 to a chorus of groans from all ends …
Five Realities to Remember about the Health-Care Debate
It has been barely a week since the Republican plan to (sort of) repeal and replace Obamacare was unveiled and already the proposal has been savaged from both left and right, by most of the media, by various interest groups, …
Wary of the House Health-Care Bill, Senate Republicans Propose Alternatives
Last week’s rollout of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was a success for just about nobody. Even after much discussion on Capitol Hill, the only politicians backing the bill are the House GOP leadership …
Republicans Are Doing a Terrible Job Arguing for Their Health-Care Plan
The House Republican leadership and their supporters are doing a really bad job of trying to convince reluctant Republicans to vote for their health-care plan. Their arguments pretty much revolve around these three points: 1) We have to pass this bill, …
To Promise Free Things Is to Lie
Democratic politics is riven by a central conflict: the conflict between truth and desire. People generally want things; they want government to give them those things. Conservatives aren’t wrong when they say they can’t compete with Santa Claus …
Who’s Afraid of the Senate Parliamentarian?
Ryancare suffers from a serious ailment: acute Senatitis.
Conservative lawmakers prescribe urgent intervention to correct this condition. They fret that leaving it untreated could make the entire Republican party gravely ill.
Why is Ryancare so sick? In short, it’s …
Republicans Push Coerced Genetic Testing Bill
“Wellness” and health are becoming spear points wielded by big government and big business to invade our privacy and coerce us into living “healthy” lifestyles.
And now it is Republicans leading the privacy invasion. A bill has passed its first …
Republicans Shouldn’t Expect a Quick Health-Care Compromise
In our ideologically scrambled age, it’s getting very hard to tell who’s who.
Political conservatives have been opposed to “socialized” medicine pretty much forever. Republicans who agreed with this philosophically paid a heavy political price as Democrats rolled …
Krauthammer’s Take: Despite Proposed Cuts, ‘Big Bird Is Going to Escape Unscathed’
Charles Krauthammer dismissed Trump’s budget as “dead on arrival” and pointed out that entitlements are what matter, even if proposed cuts focus on domestic discretionary spending such as public broadcasting:
This is a budget, like every other one I’…
The Problem with Hoping for ‘Phase Three’ of Obamacare Repeal
President Trump and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price assure disgruntled conservatives that the bill currently trying to win enough votes in the House of Representatives is only “phase one” of their health care reform plan. Phase Two is …
Democrats’ Sudden Amnesia about Obamacare’s Many Ills
Hillary Clinton was conspicuously quiet about Obamacare in the final weeks of the election, and for good reason. One week before Election Day, the law’s fourth open-enrollment period began, accompanied by a wave of policy cancellations and rate hikes. …
Krauthammer’s Take: ‘Worst Outcome’ for GOP Health-Care Bill Would Be ‘To Die in the House’
Charles Krauthammer breaks down the strategy for Republicans on health care, pointing out Republicans may be able to save political face if the bill goes down in the Senate rather than in the House:
It will all depend on what …
In Replacing Obamacare, Republicans Face the Pottery Barn Rule
Republicans are in a box. A yuge, terrific box of their own making, rhetorically crafted over the course of seven long years, but a box nonetheless. Its walls are equal parts procedural, political, and perceptual. Think of the GOP as …