“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 If you’re a long-time follower of this space, you know that we’re skeptical that Obamacare will ever be repealed, GOP slogans to the contrary.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.
Over at Lucianne.com, a commenter wonders what’s wrong with just repealing the damned thing. The answer is simple: Not enough opportunities for Ruling Class/Ruling Party graft, boodle, and crony corporatism.
My bet: If there are 1000 pages in the Obamacare bill, there will be 1500 in the bill “repealing” it. And nobody will read that one, either.