The Conservative case for the ACA
October 1, 2012 3 Comments
is the title of an op-ed in the New York Times by J.D. Kleinke of the American Enterprise Institute. If you have read my blogging or my book, you will know that I basically agree with him–the political rhetoric around Obamacare never matched the policy reality.
Some predictable push back from Capretta, and Cannon. I like both of these guys personally, and think they have some good thoughts and ideas. However, the opposition to Obamacare, driven in part by them, has always been oversold on policy terms and has been mostly about politics. What would be useful would be for them to be clearer about what they would do instead. In fairness, Jim Capretta has written a fairly complete vision of what a replace of Obamacare would look like, and Michael and colleagues at Cato have an ebook on reform options.
The biggest problem with their replace plans is the lack of 218 members of the House and 60 in the Senate that will vote for their ideas after voting to repeal Obamacare, presumably after a Republican clean sweep this fall. If the President wins re-election and the hope of repeal becomes a fantasy, I think there will be a deal to move ahead on health reform, wrapped up in an overall deal on the tax code, etc. in the next Congress. My book gives my version of such a deal. Here is the big idea of my proposed deal.
update: fixed a link.