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Just do it: Senate must act on health care

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July 07. 2017 2:12AM




Just about the only thing that has unified the Republican Party over the past decade is the premise that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a bad law, and should be repealed.

With President Barack Obama in office, congressional Republicans had no qualms about sending repeal bills to a certain veto. But now that President Donald Trump is poised to sign a repeal into law, the GOP has cold feet.

Some Republicans want to repeal the law and walk away. Others want to pass a whole new national health care system in its place. A few are suddenly worried that unraveling one of the greatest wealth transfers in American history might mean that some people stop receiving a government benefit.

Obamacare is a horrible law. It has driven up health care costs, and forced millions of Americans off their preferred health insurance. The Senate must act.

At a minimum, the GOP should repeal the individual mandates that drive Democratic talking points about people losing their coverage. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, proposes that insurance companies be freed from federal mandates, as long as they offer one ACA-approved plan in each state. If you want your Obamacare, you can keep it.

Subsidies for unwieldy Obamacare exchanges could be shifted into health insurance credits for low-income families. There are many ways to get this done.

Republicans can’t wait for leadership from the White House. They need to show that they can govern.


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