Last night on one of the FOX News talking heads shows, former Bush Administration speech-writer Marc Thiessen said it would be a disaster to simply repeal Obamacare now and work on another health insurance scheme later. This is why politicians can't execute good government: Because they put politics over good government.
Republicans have abandoned a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare before the Independence Day holiday. They were forced to do so because there are several fiscal hawks who hate what the replace component entails. The one thing they all agree on is the repeal part. So why not just repeal the thing?
There are several reasons why simply repealing Obamacare would change the dynamic in Washington, DC. First, it would eliminate the option of "obstruction at all cost to protect Obamacare" from the Democrat play book. Thiessen says this would be a political liability, but that's because he is of the Republican cloth that absolutely sucks at messaging Democrats into a corner.
Democrats would be put on the spot to negotiate something -- anything -- to validate their claim to being champion of the less fortunate. With Obamacare repealed they would necessarily have to negotiate something on healthcare or be seen as doing nothing for those who lost coverage with the repeal, and strictly for political purposes.
Anyone with a keyboard and an Internet connection could fashion a narrative that states Democrats are doing nothing because power is more important to them than the people they claim to care for. So, why not Republicans?
Repealing Obamacare and then worrying about another piece of government-encroaching legislation into the private sector insurance trade forces Democrats to the negotiating table lest they be branded as heartless political hacks.
Personally -- and I have stated this before, the removal of government limitations in the health insurance industry is all important. Insurance companies should not be allowed to compartmentalize access, and tort reform goes a long way to reducing costs and extending coverage, not to mention opening more physicians to the process.
As to the pre-existing conditions issue, the answer is easy. Congress should create a tax incentive for the many health insurance and pharmaceutical companies to create non-profit groups (much like what Blue Cross and Blue Shield used to be) to their for-profit entities that specifically cater to the pre-existing conditions demographic. Those tax incentives coupled with affordable premiums, would more than cover the cost of the policies.
So, how about a little common sense, "get-the-government-out-of-the-way" legislation that actually moves the process along and that actually serves the American people for a freaking change?!
Repeal Obamacare now! Force the Democrats and Progressives to the table!