Dr. Jane M. Orient, MD — Repeal (What?) and Replace (with What?)
Dr. Jane M. Orient, MD
“Repeal” generally means “repeal ObamaCare,” which is often immediately qualified: “except for the parts we like.” The problem is that the parts you like depend on the parts you, or your fellow Americans, don’t like.
For example, you may like not being denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. But you may not like having to pay more to cover other people’s pre-existings. You might like the “free” contraceptives, but not like the mandates that force you to pay for “free” care for other people’s children.
Then what do we replace it with? Republicans have a bunch of competing ideas. Each would replace the ObamaCare centrally planned system of subsidies, thresholds, and mandates with a different system of government dictates. The Republican mandates might be milder, at least at first. Call it ObamaCare Lite.
We’ve seen them do it before. We already have ClintonCare Lite: the…
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