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Senate Republicans Develop The Most Credible
Plan Yet To ´Repeal And Replace´ Obamacare

Forbes, by Avik Roy

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/28/2014 4:45:07 AM

“Repealing and replacing” Obamacare with market-oriented reforms has been the Republican mantra for years now. If you’re a long-time follower of this space, you know that we’re skeptical that Obamacare will ever be repealed, GOP slogans to the contrary. Today, however, a trio of experienced Senate Republicans—Tom Coburn (Okla.), Richard Burr (N.C.), and Orrin Hatch (Utah)—have put forth the most thoughtful and constructive plan yet developed to repeal and replace Obamacare. The plan seeks to ensure that as many Americans have health coverage as Obamacare does. It’s a proposal grounded in the real-world tradeoffs that all serious reformers must make.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/28/2014 6:25:07 AM     (No. 9708465)

What´s wrong with simply "repeal"? Get government out of healthcare and the market will reorganize on its own to come up with options to "replace." The one and only good thing I can think of that government could do to lower health care costs would be tort reform. Talk to any doctor about what percentage of his fees are driven by legal costs and malpractice insurance and you´ll quickly see where much of the real problem lies.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/28/2014 6:38:43 AM     (No. 9708477)

#1, there will have to be something to fill the gap between repeal and the market recovery you mentioned. What about those who have lost their insurance and for whom the insurance industry no longer has a plan to offer? Yes, the industry can replace those plans, but not quickly enough to help those in the midst of some kind of expensive treatment or hospitalization.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Arby, 1/28/2014 7:29:50 AM     (No. 9708512)

Sounds a lot better than Fauxbamacare. I´d prefer to just tweak our original system--tort reform; buy insurance across state lines, etc.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/28/2014 7:30:41 AM     (No. 9708513)

We have just two problems with this repeal schtick. Reid in the Senate and Obie in the WH.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/28/2014 7:31:00 AM     (No. 9708515)

Very often we hear of wonderful plans from the Senate and the House, but after the announcement everyone just melts into the woodwork. I know the media won´t help, but how did Newt Gingrich get people to understand the Contract with America?

Contract with America was the last time, Republicans gave full-throated explanation to their plans. We certainly need more of that. It is part of the campaign for the election this year and AGAIN in the run-up to 2016.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Kerryman, 1/28/2014 7:31:02 AM     (No. 9708516)

More government centric garbage from the elites. I´m sorry Tom Coburn put his name on it. Where are the Health Savings Accounts(HSA´s)? Mine certainly influenced my consumer choices on Healthcare as it would affect others. It´s a control issue not a Healthcare issue and why it´s being framed this way.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: raspberry, 1/28/2014 7:37:30 AM     (No. 9708523)

Surely American Free Enterprise can again come up with a workable system like what most of us had and liked. For many of us the premiums were manageable and the plans were good. Oh, I know. Like with the British Insurance Companies Ovomit "stuffed their mouths with gold."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: reformationmama, 1/28/2014 7:42:29 AM     (No. 9708533)

Burr is a second-term senator in my state. His votes have been seductively trending more and more progressive. Get the government out of health care altogether. Lower or do away with federal income/inheritance taxes. Torte reform. Portability. But not "I´ve got another one just like the other one."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 1/28/2014 8:07:02 AM     (No. 9708565)

Translation:

"a trio of experienced Senate Republicans"
means
not that damnable upstart Cruz from Texas, who embarrassed us by pointing out how worthless we are when we don´t control all three branches of government in any given year

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Reply 10 - Posted by: suedotsue, 1/28/2014 8:22:23 AM     (No. 9708593)

There doesn´t ´have to´ be anything about anything. Every day there´s a new group who´s in a ´gap.´ No one has the faintest idea who´s in or out of a gap anymore. On the other hand, the massive bureaucracy created for this fraud is sitting pretty. The GOP had every chance to stop this and chose not to by failing to hold a standalone up or down vote to defund O´Care or even approve it as a tax. Before O´Care even came out it was admitted 30 million wouldn´t be covered. This author Avik Roy has a hugely inflated view of himself. He doesn´t get to lecture me on how to be serious. I know what´s serious.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bugboy, 1/28/2014 8:31:55 AM     (No. 9708618)

Repeal it! Nothing needs to fill the gap!

Before everyone fell for the great lie that we needed government funded health care every thing was moving along smoothly. Now the lie has been sold and people believe it.

I quoted Saul Alinsky in another discussion here it is again from Saul Alinsky´s 12 rules.

Rule #10: “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”

In other words tell a lie long enough you change the conversation so that the lie now becomes the truth.

People, Obama uses Saul Alinsky´s Rules for Radicals all the time. If you read them and familiarize yourself with them you will begin to see how Obama and the liberal left works. With that understanding you can see right through their entire sham and look back and see how we have been dooped.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/28/2014 8:49:39 AM     (No. 9708648)

I may have posed this question during the Obamacare debate a couple of years ago, but what did Americans do before there was "health insurance." Did everyone who got sick just die because they couldn´t pay for health care?

As for gaps, well, life is a series of gaps. What´s next - the income gap? The automobile gap? The housing gap (well, we saw how well that turned out). Government cannot make life perfect or 100% safe.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/28/2014 9:02:49 AM     (No. 9708671)

Why are insurance premiums increasing so much every year? Not for the reason most given: That healthcare costs are rising. My thought is a lot of it is the government and the insurance companies have recognized that when they work together the government can have more and the insurance companies can have more, and the people are too weak to do anything about it. So let´s deconstruct the government/insurance company cartel.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Clinger, 1/28/2014 9:21:34 AM     (No. 9708700)

Replacing a socialist takeover with a better socialist takeover doesn´t cut it. Let the free market work, identify where the government impeded the free market and that will lead you to the needed reform. Such as allowing competition across state lines. Then take a step back and look at the anticipated consequences. If the little piggy who built the straw house and partied his tush off while others toiled building the brick house falls on hard times and we decide to assist him, it´s welfare not insurance. The free market isn´t the mechanism for welfare.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: dvc, 1/28/2014 10:58:34 AM     (No. 9708885)

You are entitled to exactly as much health care as YOU can pay for. This idea the "health care for the poor" is a government responsibility is SOCIALISM. The poor should be handled by charities. If the feds would take their siphon out of my purse, much more of my money would go to charities - especially those that distinguish between the lazy druggie and the family with a temporary problem and real need.

I understand the need for a transition period, but whatever is put in place needs to taper off of the government controls and government money over a period of years. Health Savings Account could be as big a success as IRAs, money you invest in your self and you keep whatever isn´t necessary.

A tax exempt HSA for ordinary medical expenses combined with a catastrophic coverage option, which by itself is typically very cheap, is all you really need.

The Blue Cross Zerocare cost for two early 60s adults is $16,800 per year, with a $4,750 deductible PER PERSON. So, a couple will pay $26,000 per year for health care before getting anything covered. The same money invested in an HSA would probably build more than $50,000 excess in 3 years. Backed with a catastrophic plan that ONLY covers costs above $20,000-$30,000 per year (for a very low premium) this would be far better than this hideous Zerocare.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: Bpl40, 1/28/2014 11:17:07 AM     (No. 9708922)

Let´s face it. Social engineering and coerced income transfer are the true central goals of 0bamacare. If it does not do that Reid and Zippy will dig their heels in. So other than election year grandstanding this is unlikely to go anywhere.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: pickle1, 1/28/2014 11:18:59 AM     (No. 9708928)

Repeal it. Whatever it takes to drive a stake through it to get rid of it. No compromise. It´s not about healthcare or health insurance. It´s about corruption.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Skeptical1, 1/28/2014 11:33:24 AM     (No. 9708964)

This plan seems too wonky to work.

One of the things I don´t like is the proposal to cap the employer´s tax exclusion at 65% of the cost of today´s plans, and use the (imagined) revenue increase to subsidize other people´s plans. It´s just another hidden tax, built on the already illogical tax treatment of employer sponsored vs. individually purchased plans.



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Reply 19 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 1/28/2014 11:53:47 AM     (No. 9709009)

Say out of private enterprise. FOOLS

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Reply 20 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/28/2014 12:52:39 PM     (No. 9709133)

Repealing Obamacare is not going to happen, because it can´t.
Democrats control the Senate by 10 seats 45-55.
Obama will never , ever , ever sign anything repealing Obamacare.
So..in order to override his veto-it would require a 2/3 vote of the Senate-66 votes.
21 Senate Democrats would have to join Republicans to override Obama´s veto.
Repealing it sounds so simple, but, the reality is that repeal will cause as much chaos and be as big of a logistical mess as Obamacare.
Trying to make our health are system whole again will take years, assuming we ever get the numbers to repeal.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Penney, 1/28/2014 1:17:16 PM     (No. 9709179)

If the GOP votes to grant amnesty to the ILLEGAL aliens, they might as well forget any other policy ideas. mmm mmm mmm

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Reply 22 - Posted by: jglas, 1/28/2014 1:48:32 PM     (No. 9709235)

To accept that the Republicans have to come up with a comprehensive (read universal) federal healthcare plan to replace the Democrat´s comprehensive federal healthcare plan is to accept that the federal government is responsible for securing/providing healthcare for each and every person within the United States. But the federal government is not responsible for people´s healthcare anymore than it´s responsible for providing them food, housing, education or a job. This can be confirmed with a cursory reading of the constitution. In fact it is denied the federal government to provide such goods and services since the constitution does not empower them to provide such things and the tenth amendment to the constitution forbids the federal government to do the things they have not been specifically empowered to do by the constitution. Nowhere does it empower them to provided, food, education, housing, healthcare or any other necessity of life (saving defense) that you can name. The tenth amendment further empowers the states and the people to do for themselves the things not specified by the constitution for the federal government to do. This is the embodiment of the principle that people should be free to pursue their own happiness not the happiness that the government decides they should have. That is the source of our liberty. Any effort by the federal government to do those things for us that we can do for ourselves, however nice they might seem to some, represents a diminution of our freedom.

In effect the Republicans effort to provide their own comprehensive healthcare plan indicates they accept Obama´s assertion that we need to fundamentally change our form of government to something less freedom oriented and more socialistic only it should have their stamp of approval on it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jdf, 1/28/2014 2:22:18 PM     (No. 9709276)

The system has not worked well. Reform is necessary; just not the reform the President proposed. This proposal sounds a lot better.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Kerryman, 1/28/2014 2:24:58 PM     (No. 9709279)

I always ask this question when dealing with the other side. “Why do you have to touch the Healthcare of 285 Million Americans to solve the problems of 45,000,000 Americans?”. They have no answer because there is no answer. It’s a device to hide the taxes.

Dump Obamacare. Have a good program for pre-existing conditions. Implement universal HSA’s, cross-state and Tort Reform.

You have Medicaid for the poor. If you want to have a tax credit in lieu of the EITC (you can’t get both) fine. This is all nuts and only about power and control.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 1/28/2014 2:40:37 PM     (No. 9709310)

Ditto #26. And concentrate on getting 66+ senators!

There, that´s solved.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: gone2pot, 1/28/2014 5:03:17 PM     (No. 9709505)

Once upon a time we had two years worth of GOP House, Senate and Oval Office. We got campaign finance reform. Figure the odds that even with 66 GOP Depends Wearers in the Senate AND a GOP in the Oval Office with GOP House in 2016, this plan is anything other than a training manual for treading water for those stuck in the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic. (For those in Rio Linda, it´s too late and useless now). Again, give me your address and I´ll send you my pom-poms.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: freffy16, 1/28/2014 5:16:55 PM     (No. 9709524)

But he doesn´t want to repeal and replace - and he "owns" the guvmint.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: lc hoghead, 1/28/2014 5:49:52 PM     (No. 9709553)

Believe it when you see it.. The RINOs are COWARDS

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Reply 29 - Posted by: O.G.´s Mom, 1/28/2014 10:32:35 PM     (No. 9709782)

Just repeal. The government, I don´t care who is running it DemoRATS or Republicans, has no place in anyone´s health care. Government tampering and involvement has brought this mess of a system to where it is now. Just get out and let the free market run this just like life insurance and car insurance. Period.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: nevernaught, 1/29/2014 11:07:03 AM     (No. 9710213)

Is this sort of like their other new plan to replace American citizens with illegal criminals at the voting booth. Sounds the same.



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Reply 31 - Posted by: pickle1, 1/29/2014 3:06:18 PM     (No. 9710571)

How abut government getting out of our lives. There is nothing remotely near healthcare or health insurance when government and sometimes greedy big business get involved.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 1/29/2014 10:33:26 PM     (No. 9710992)

One major insurance problem #14 is our companies that have been sold to foreign identities who have taken all the working cash out of the USA.
This follows the electrical power companies as well.A second problem is/was AARP who sold us out on the promise that their co. United Health would be the single source. Notice now that company is puling out of many locations and causing dropped plans . Perhaps former Senator Santoromn could explain just how much pork was thrown their way via his efforts.

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Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

White is not right: Campus admins ask
for help weeding out white people

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Daily Caller, by Robby Soave    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 7:47:18 PM     Post Reply
Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

Atlanta Braves flooded with Hank
Aaron hate mail: He’s a ‘s*****g’

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Washington Times (D.C.), by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/15/2014 3:23:19 PM     Post Reply
Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

White babies just 15 months old show racial
bias when picking playmates, study found

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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/15/2014 10:23:35 PM     Post Reply
Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed. Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same ethnicity, which is known as

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive


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