Thursday’s amendment doesn’t resemble the model cited by pool proponents, undermines federalism, relies on price controls, and requires far more taxpayer funding.
This type of ‘pass-it-to-find-out-what’s-in-it’ mentality birthed Obamacare, and is the reason the conservative base increasingly despises their party.
To succeed in their attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare—and avoid a midterm drubbing—Republicans must correct the terms of the debate, soon and without wonkiness.
There is a little-noticed flaw in seeking to vindicate Obamacare by focusing on those with pre-existing conditions. It’s called ‘health insurance does not equal health care.’
By keeping sick people out of the market for a month, the administration’s decision will mean insurers have one less month of claims data to use in setting premiums for 2015.
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