There’s been a lot of histrionics over the first draft of the Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill. Everyone should take a deep breath to prevent a Republicans intraparty knife fight, which would play into the waiting hands of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.But the operative word to remember is “draft.” This is a first draft and some of the biggest problems that conservatives, like Rand Paul and Mike Lee, have identified must and can be fixed. What we’re learning is that the Republicans are united to repeal Obamacare, but there’s nothing close to consensus about what to replace it with. Republicans don’t do health care well. If they did, George W. Bush would have reformed the health care system and no one would have suffered Obamacare.At issue now is whether it’s sufficient to repeal Obamacare and revert to the status quo ante, which was flawed to begin with, given the runaway costs of health care. Paul Ryan and Rand Paul want separately to reform the entire health insurance market and both have good ideas about how to do that.But the order of the day is to repeal a very bad and unpopular law that Barack Obama foist on Americans seven years ago. Congress can’t take its eye off the ball: In every way — controlling government costs, allowing customers to keep their doctor and insurance, saving Americans money (remember the promised $2,500 lower costs per family) — Obamacare is universally recognized as a flop. By fighting first over what to replace Obamacare with, the crucial focus has been lost, and the public risks thinking the devil they know is preferable to the devil they don’t.
EDITORIAL: The second draft of repeal and replace – Washington Times