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HR 2300: Yes, there is a Republican plan to replace ObamaCare
By HERMAN CAIN - Not that you'd know about it.
(Editor's note: This is not the first time we've run this piece, but since ObamaCare water carriers keep repeating the nonsense that Republicans have no alternative, we think it bears running again.)
ObamaCare continues to come apart at the seams, as the administration announced last week that it is delaying implementation of the odious employer mandate – although not the individual mandate – by one year. The employer mandate is now set to go into effect in 2015, while the individual mandate will still go into effect in 2014 as originally scheduled.
This is because it became clear that no one – neither the administration nor the business community – is ready for the employer mandate to take effect. As many of us have been saying since Congress shoved ObamaCare down our throats four years ago, the law represents a crushing new set of burdens on the business community.
And with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius traversing the country trying to shake down private-sector health firms for money to implement ObamaCare, it becomes clearer by the day what some of us have said all along: ObamaCare is a disaster, and needs to be repealed.
But no sooner do you say that than Democrats and their media cheerleaders respond with, “And replace it with what?” The implication, of course, is that Republicans hate ObamaCare but have no proposal of their own to improve health care. And that is 100 percent false.
It always has been, actually. Even during the ObamaCare debate, there were any number of Republican proposals. The most significant one at the moment was recently introduced in the House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia), a doctor who is the lead sponsor of HR 2300. He calls it Empowering Patients First.
The basics of the bill are these:
- It extends tax deductions for health insurance to those who buy as individuals, thus eliminating the perverse incentive that favored employer-purchased insurance.
- It gives patients true portability by making them the owners of their insurance – not their employers.
- It gives doctors the real power to make treatment decisions, not insurance companies or the government.
- It reforms medical liability laws and thus saves money by reducing the practice of defensive medicine.
There is a lot I like about this bill and a few things I would do differently. But the point here is not necessarily to argue every minute detail of Rep. Price’s bill. The point is that a Republican member of Congress – who happens to be a physician, by the way – has introduced legislation that would replace ObamaCare with something vastly superior to the train wreck we’re facing right now.
But you probably haven’t even heard of this bill until now. That’s because the Democrats and their allies in the lapdog mainstream legacy media hide the truth and the real solutions by not talking about them. This is a lie by omission. They claim to cover the issue of health care, but they ignore proposed solutions from the very people they criticize for allegedly not having any.
If ever it was crucial that we not let them get away with this, it’s now. The mandate delay is a huge opportunity to create a movement to replace ObamaCare. The public has never supported ObamaCare but now it’s easier than ever to show them just what a disaster it is.
We are not stupid, and I have a big and loud mouth! We are going to tell everybody with an ounce of intelligence what the truth about ObamaCare is – and the public will get the picture.
James Madison said, “A well-instructed people can be a permanently free people.” It’s time to make sure the people are instructed in the truth. That will give them everything they need to make themselves permanently free from government malfeasance like ObamaCare.
This fight is just getting started!