The newest Republican proposal on Obamacare

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Trying to avoid what’s in it: Faced with the possibility that the Supreme Court could declare that the Obamacare subsidies are illegal in most states, House Republicans have come up with a new bill to revise the law.

In the tentative responses discussed in separate closed-door meetings Wednesday, House GOP leaders said they would continue the subsidies for a year. Then, states could receive federal block grants for the following two years that they could structure into any kind of health care aid they wish. All of the health law’s regulations would end for those states, including popular ones like assuring coverage of children until age 26. In 2017 — when Republicans hope to control the White House — the entire health law would be eliminated.

The law would also immediately repeal the Obamacare tax on medical devices as well as the Obamacare advisory board designed to ration care to save money.

We know already that Obama will veto this plan, which to my mind is a good thing. The only solution that will work to fix Obamacare is to repeal it in toto. Partial fixes, even ones that last only a few years, can only cause more harm and will increase the chances that legislators will chicken out of full repeal when it is finally time to kick in.


  • Cotour

    I listened a bit to Lawrence Tribe being interviewed today, one of the subjects that came up was Obamacare. Mr. Tribes position, if I understood it correctly, was that if the government offers the states something through a law and it turns out that the law is un Constitutional than it would be a miss carriage of justice and would be un Constitutional or unfair after it has been enacted and was running in those states to terminate it.

    That surprised me, so if I understand it correctly the government can create something that they want to force on the people that is un Constitutional in Mr. Tribes estimation, in this example Obamacare, and if it has been running and people have been able to use it then it should remain unchallenged and in place.

    Am I missing something here? I think I heard him correctly.

  • Keith

    Liberal logic frequently defies understanding.

  • Steven

    They always think that the ends justify the means.

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