On Delaying the Implementation of Obamacare

Doug Holtz-Eakin and Jim Capretta — two very good guys — nonetheless get it quite wrong in their argument that the massive problems embedded in the Affordable Care Act (Orwell lives) make it wise for Congress to vote a delay in implementation. With all due respect to Doug and Jim: I think that this is nuts. A vote to delay is an excuse not to vote to repeal; and what will happen when the day comes that the Democrats regain some of their numbers in Congress? More generally: About the only way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it. Even now, the rising costs caused by this exercise in central planning are strengthening political opposition. Delay would weaken that dynamic.

— Benjamin Zycher is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute. 


Benjamin Zycher — Jessica Gavora is a writer in Washington, DC, with clients including former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich and the College Sports Council. Previously, she was the senior speechwriter to attorney ...

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