Reader's View: GOP has the chance to make health-care reformsSens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have been making some headlines recently in their efforts to stop the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have been making some headlines recently in their efforts to stop the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. The two senators have made defunding the law their top priority by refusing to vote for any budget bill that contains funding for the health-care overhaul.
While admirable, they miss an important opportunity.
The main selling point of Obamacare was that it was supposed to create an affordable way for everyone to get health insurance coverage. This certainly hasn’t happened with some states expecting more than 50 percent increases in insurance premiums. With this utter failure the GOP has a golden opportunity to take the law apart bit by bit by adding small, market-orientated reforms designed to cut actual health-care costs to the average consumer. Congressional Democrats, not to mention the president, will never agree to such reforms, or only very begrudgingly, giving the GOP a great opportunity to contrast their vision of small government, small cost, widely available health insurance, to the Democrats’ bureaucratic, costly nightmare. And they would have the actual bills and votes to show the people.
This would not preclude full repeal of Obamacare, of course. But the pathway to repeal would be broader, and the public support more thoroughly behind the GOP. After all, who wants to spend more on health care?