Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ObamaCare: What Most Needs Repealing and Replacing? Everything.

The referenced article is a good discussion of some of the contents of ObamaCare that need corrective action and you can go to the full text to examine the authors solutions to the ten problems listed.

It is great to discuss the many provisions of the Act that need to be improved, however, there is no mention here of the vast bureaucracy currently being set up to oversee and ENFORCE this takeover of 1/6th of our economy.

The only practical recourse is for the House to defund as many upstart agencies as possible and, hopefully, gain enough support in 2012 to repeal. Then serious free market solutions can be discussed and enacted.

Tomorrow night the House of Representatives will debate the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), what many call “ObamaCare.” Some critics complain that this is a futile exercise because there is little chance of short-term success. But that’s the wrong way to look at it.

At the time of its passage, most members of Congress had no idea what was in the ACA. Nancy Pelosi was more correct than she realized when she said, “We have to pass it to see what’s in it.” Even now, we don’t know half of “what’s in it,” but we know enough to have an intelligent debate. Ideally, tomorrow night’s proceedings will be educational — in a way that the debate last spring was not.

In anticipation of the event, representatives from the National Center for Policy Analysis, the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Cato Institute and the American Action Forum will conduct a briefing on Capitol Hill tomorrow at noon. Our goal: to discuss ten structural flaws in the Affordable Care Act. We believe each of these is so potentially damaging, Congress will have to resort to major corrective action even if the critics of the ACA are not involved. Further, each must be addressed in any new attempt to create workable health care reform.

1. An Impossible Mandate

2. A Bizarre System of Subsidies

3. Perverse Incentives for Insurers

4. Perverse Incentives for Individuals

5. Impossible Expectations/A Tattered Safety Net

6. Impossible Benefit Cuts for Seniors

7. Impossible Burden for the States

8. Lack of Portability

9. Over-Regulated Patients

10. Over-Regulated Doctors

Read the full NCPA analysis here.

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