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Michael Medved: Public Opinion and Obamacare

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In 2010, the health insurance legislation known as “Obamacare” was overwhelmingly unpopular. But Democrats in the White House and Congress pushed it through anyway, and then paid a severe price in the next elections. Today, the health care package known as “Trumpcare” is similarly unpopular, but the Republicans seem determined to pass legislation this summer, even at the risk of serious losses of their own in 2018 Congressional elections.

Does this mean the electorate is confused?—hating Obamacare, and then hating the most serious attempt to repeal and replace it? Actually, public reactions are sensible and consistent—what Americans hate is the whole idea of the federal government making sweeping, bureaucratic decisions, on something as personal and important as medical insurance.

If the GOP made clear that their proposals provide individuals with more choices, and give the states more discretion to shape their own policies, their reforms would win much broader popular support.

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Trump: Pass AHCA Or I’m Moving On

From the story:  President Trump delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday night: Vote to approve the measure to overhaul the nation’s health-care system on the House floor Friday, or reject it and the president will move on to his other legislative priorities (Washington Post). The senate is apparently more open than they’ve been given credit  (National Review). From Lanhee Chen: In a last-minute bid to ensure the success of the American Health Care Act, Republican congressional leaders and the Trump Administration are close to an agreement that would repeal one of Obamacare’s most significant regulations, its “essential health benefits” requirement. This should be welcome news for conservatives seeking repeal of the law, but it’s even better news for consumers looking for lower health insurance premiums (Fox News). A Hugh Hewitt tweet:  wo @HouseGOP lists Fri night: Those who voted w/ @POTUS @VP @SpeakerRyan @GOPLeader and those who voted w/ @NancyPelosi to keep Obamacare (Twitter).  The CBO won’t have final numbers before the vote (Washington Examiner).  But they did say the changes would add cost (USA Today).

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Media Help Tear Down AHCA

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From Ari Fleisher: Why are some press saying Ryan is trying to “ram” health bill through the House? It’s going through 4 committees. Worst “ram” I’ve ever seen (Twitter).  Some are offering an amendment to the current plan “focused on repealing Obamacare and bringing down the cost of premiums” (Washington Examiner). Hugh Hewitt explains “With some outside-the-box thinking, some dealmaking and a little humility, the AHCA can be saved” (Washington Post). Galen Institute president Grace-Marie Turner explains why Rand Paul’s version is worse than Obamacare (Forbes).  From Kimberly Strassel: From the moment Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled his ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, the media have declared it a doomed project. The newspapers have run out of synonyms for division, disunity, discord, conflict, struggle, mess. Since the only thing the media enjoy more than bashing Republicans is helping Republicans bash each other, the cable stations have offered a nonstop loop of a handful of GOP naysayers and grandstanders (cue Rand Paul ) who wish the bill ill (WSJ). Charles Krauthammer looks at the mess Democrats have created (National Review).

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Lanhee Chen: A Choice

Tax Reform

Liberals and many voices in elite media have touted the recent Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare as a reason to oppose it.

But let’s be clear: The CBO estimates show that the legislation is fundamentally conservative. And while it’s not perfect, the American Health Care Act includes many important changes that will bring health spending down, cut taxes and lower costs for consumers.

For starters, the bill is estimated to reduce deficits and the debt by $337 billion over the next 10 years. Furthermore, the legislation includes almost $600 billion in tax cuts and is expected to lower premiums while contributing to a more stable marketplace for health insurance.

What we have before us is a choice: Do we continue to walk down Obamacare’s path to more deficits, less choice and higher health costs? Or do we work to pass an alternative that takes us in the other direction?

The American Health Care Act is a good start and we should work together to improve it and to get the job done.

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Hugh Hewitt: Republicans Keep Their Promise

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Republicans are keeping their promise to American voters. They have introduced the American Health Care Act.

There are three main components of the AHCA that you should know about:

• First, it repeals every single one of the taxes in Obamacare. The individual mandate and medical device tax are both eliminated.

• Second, it sends Medicaid spending back to the states, and also puts a cap on Medicaid spending.

• Finally, it introduces tax credits for lower and middle income Americans to help with the cost of health care.

There are some in Congress, especially in the Freedom Caucus, who have complaints about the American Health Care Act. They must remember that the perfect must not be an enemy of the good.

There is a lot at stake here. The AHCA isn’t the only part of making this country come back. Regulation reform and tax reform are essential as well as a larger, rebuilt defense. But this is the key foundation.

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