Let the free market handle hospitalization insurance with the states regulating it.
You know, what we had before the Democrats shoved the Patient Protection and Affordable Act down the throats of the American people without seeking a single Republican vote.
Despite the corner the Oldest Conservative Magazine in Washington painted itself (throwing away its influence in the process) this editorial makes sense.
From National Review:
On health care, congressional Republicans should listen to Donald Trump. The president-elect may not be chock-full of ideas about health-care policy, but he has the right political instincts. He has said that Obamacare should be replaced, that its beneficiaries should not simply be stripped of coverage, and that people with pre-existing conditions should be protected.
It is possible and desirable to devise legislation that meets these objectives. Trump has also warned congressional Republicans to be careful — and he is right about that, too, because their current course does not look likely to accomplish the repeal of Obamacare or its replacement by something better.
Senate Republicans want to pass a bill that repeals the taxes and spending in Obamacare, but not its regulations. That’s because they think that they can use a legislative process to avoid Democratic filibusters only if they leave the regulations alone. They think that this partial repeal of Obamacare will set the stage for later legislation that repeals the rest of the law and creates a replacement.
This seems highly unlikely. Leaving Obamacare’s regulations in place while getting rid of its individual mandate — a tax measure, which Republicans would eliminate in their first bill — would further destabilize health-insurance markets. No one would cheer the Republicans for producing that outcome: not conservatives, who would know that Republican boasts of having repealed the law were false; not the many voters of all kinds who would see their insurance disappear or grow still more expensive; not the Democrats, who would be happy to blame Republicans for this mistake and everything else that goes wrong with health care afterward.Precisely. You break it, you own it.
Unless you are an incompetent Democratic president, but I repeat myself.
The editorial ended:
Too many congressional Republicans think that conservatives will take a quick but phony win on health care. We disagree. A real win is worth the time and effort.If conservatives are going to complain about liberal tantrums over President Trump's overwhelming victory, then they first must accept it.
And if we are willing to work with Chuck Schumer on key issues -- which we should -- let us work with the PC Conservatives in Washington and Manhattan.
We beat them on November 8. Now is the time to work together.
And yes, please, keep the good things in the act, allowing states to opt out of them if their legislatures and governors want to.
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