How would you repeal Obamacare?

Let’s pretend you are Congress. You are the sum total of all 535 members. You can do what you want.

There is a new president. He has campaigned on repealing Obamacare. It is now a virtual mandate. The president has, for all practical purposes, staked the success of his presidency on the repeal.

That isn’t all he has done. He has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. The replacement, he has said, will be far better than Obamacare. It will be wonderful, tremendous, everybody will agree.

He has given guidance in making it spectacular.

He has said the replacement will continue to cover everyone, even those with pre-existing conditions. If you don’t have health insurance and break your leg, you can get it and have that break covered. This will require serious government intervention. Without it, insurance companies will go bankrupt as healthy people pay nothing until they become unhealthy.

He has also said that it will reduce health care costs both in the aggregate and for individuals.

He has said nobody will be financially worse off under the new system.

He has said that if individuals cannot afford to buy insurance, the government will pay for them.

Since any bill you pass will require the president’s signature to become law, what will you do to repeal Obamacare and ensure the president keeps his campaign promises?

Now imagine, like the current Congress, you can only pass bills dealing with budget issues and nothing else. How would that change your plan?

Discuss.

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8 Responses to How would you repeal Obamacare?

  1. Squib Load says:

    I would decouple it from employment. That fixes most of the legitimate pre-existing condition complaints (which happen when folks change or lose jobs). More importantly, it makes a real market, where people shop instead of HR departments.

    I would disband/defund the DEA and eliminate the regulatory burden they place on the industry. The professional conduct of healthcare providers is the concern to state licensing boards.

    One time, $15,000 tax credit for a vasectomy or tubal ligation.

    None of this will never happen.

  2. rj says:

    Well it was gonna be easy till you added the “replace” and keep campaign promises in there.

    1. The affordable healthcare act is hereby repealed, all federal employees hired to monitor, administer, enforce any portion of said act are hereby fired. All funding for the act is removed.

    2. The previously existing medicade and medicare bills are in effect.

    3. Insurance companies are hereby authorized to sell insurance across state lines, to any company on behalf of it’s employees, or to any individual on their behalf.

    There are no federal mandates concerning any policy sold as to what must be included for coverage in any insurance policy.

    4. Legal fees for any malpractice suit are hereby paid for by the lawyers of the losing party to the lawsuit.

    Allow the free market to take effect, let the dust settle for three to five years and reevaluate.

  3. C. L. says:

    “Since any bill you pass will require the president’s signature to become law, what will you do to repeal Obamacare and ensure the president keeps his campaign promises?”

    After careful consideration, while trying very hard to think with a DC mindset, I guess the only viable option I have is to shoot myself in the foot. You just watch and see, wise guy. I’m not the only congressman who is going to do this.

  4. Cold Warrior says:

    Step one: Repeal. “The Affordable Care Act is hereby repealed.”

    Step two: “All federal laws preventing health insurance from being sold across state lines are hereby repealed.”

    Revisit in one year.

    #RepealAndReplaceWithFreeMarket

    Thank you.
    CW

    • R.D. Walker says:

      That would represent a gross failure by Trump to follow through with his campaign promises that pre-existing conditions would be covered, everybody would have health care, nobody would be worse off and that government would pay for those who can’t afford to buy insurance.

  5. R.D. Walker says:

    Trump yesterday: “We will take care of our people or I’m not signing it, OK?” Trump said. “Just so you understand. This is very preliminary.”

    We are either going to have “Obamacare The Sequel” or Trump is going to have to abandon a lot of his campaign promises.

    • C. L. says:

      This is one area where I would like to see him abandon some of his promises, and shift his outlook in favor of the free market. I can’t speak for anyone but myself, but I think a lot of people who voted for him because he was not Hillary Clinton would be just fine with a full repeal.

  6. Uke says:

    Since any bill you pass will require the president’s signature to become law, what will you do to repeal Obamacare and ensure the president keeps his campaign promises?

    Now imagine, like the current Congress, you can only pass bills dealing with budget issues and nothing else. How would that change your plan?

    Oh good. Another Kobayashi Maru.

    New theory: Trump is a Terminator sent back through time to kill us all. Except not to actually kill us all, but to fuck with us by creating one unwinnable scenario after another, in rapid fire fashion, thereby eventually draining our morale to the point where we pray for the machines to take over.