Message to Congress: Donâ€™t â€œfixâ€ ObamaCare
By: Greg Halvorson
In the wake of Judge Vinsonâ€™sÂ evisceration of ObamaCare, it appears that the plaintiffs â€“ the attorneys general and governors of the 26 states involved in the suit â€“ are recognizing their power.Â While the administration pretends nothing happened, theyâ€™re standing up, as they should, against the law.Â Â From the WSJ:
â€œFor Wisconsin, the federal health care law is dead,â€ Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in a statement, â€œunless Judge Vinsonâ€™s decision is stayed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.â€Â Florida Governor Rick Scott said he had no intention of â€œwasting time and moneyâ€ executing the for-now defunct law, and his Â insurance commissioner returned a $1 million federal assistance grant.Â Idaho will also freeze implementation, and we hope the remaining 23 states join the rejectionists.
As do all freedom-loving Americans.Â We echo this passion.Â But itâ€™s important to also say that under no scenario should ObamaCare be â€œfixed.â€Â The states, Congress, and ultimately a president who supports the Constitution, must repeal itwholesale.Â The WSJ goes on to call â€œpromisingâ€ a bill from John Barrasso (R-WY) that would allow states to â€œopt outâ€ of the individual mandate.
But this is the kind of piecemeal approach which hurts repeal efforts.Â There is no severability clause in ObamaCare (the individual mandate is compulsory) and because there isnâ€™t, Vinson rejected the law in toto.Â To allow states to â€œopt outâ€ weakens both Congressional repeal efforts, as well as judicial precedent, because it subverts his ruling.
With this in mind, we must avoid â€œband-aidâ€ measures.Â Public perception is fickle, and theÂ nixing of the 1099 reporting provision – the first â€œtinkerâ€ – is a p.r. win for Democrats.Â The messageâ€”â€œIt can be saved!â€
Never mind that the provisionâ€™s revenueÂ projection was .009% of the lawâ€™s projected cost.Â The impression is one of â€œsolutions.â€
But there are no solutions, save for â€œrepeal.â€Â Health care is not a right, itâ€™s a service amenable to market forces and must be defended as such.Â The GOP must recognize this reality or aidÂ disaster.
Because, as it now stands, thatâ€™s what ObamaCare is.