Obsessed with the need to make good on their promise to “repeal and replace ObamaCare,” but hamstrung by Democratic strength in the Senate, Republicans in Congress are looking to pass a fast partial repeal, with replacements to come later. Bad idea.
To be clear: Full replacement will likely take at least a year — both because of those Senate issues, and because it needs replacing with not just one thing, but many.
Democrats’ insistence on “fixing” everything they thought wrong in American health care in one giant bill is a key reason the ObamaCare law was such a disastrous kludge.
But any true repeal/replace effort must start with giving Americans more choices — not just killing all ObamaCare taxes and spending, as GOP leaders (especially in the Senate) seem to be planning.
Conservative activists Heather Higgins and Phil Kerpen point the way to begin: by “zeroing out penalties for selling non-compliant plans (a k a, the plans people actually want, not the ones designed by bureaucrats in Washington) by adding language to the repeal bill that is similar to that used to eliminate penalties for violating the individual and employer mandates.”