Magazine April 18, 2011, Issue

Replacement Plan

(Roman Genn)
Devising the alternative to Obamacare

On health care, Republicans have unified behind a slogan rather than a policy. The slogan, “repeal and replace,” describes what they want to do to the Democrats’ health-care law, also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. So far, the emphasis has been on repeal. By the fall of 2012, however, they are going to have to spell out what they want to replace Obamacare with. And that’s where things get tricky.

So far the heavy emphasis on repeal has made sense. Only if Obamacare is not here to stay, after all, do discussions of what will …

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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