The Media Have Become Defenders of the Status Quo

Reform is meant to be hard. After all, things like health care and tax policy are infinitely complex, with overlapping incentives and disincentives created by an intricate web of legislation, regulation and economic behaviors. But it’s been made nearly impossible by a media who seems wedded to the status quo, regardless of the long-term impact.…
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Republicans Working to Clean Up Democrats’ Health Care Mess

Republicans have long clamored for the opportunity to pass substantive, patient-centered health care reform. The health care system has become increasingly broken over time, the result of a steady shift away from anything resembling a market and towards a complex mix of mandates, subsidies, taxes, and regulations. In short, it became a powder keg, and…
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Obamacare is Collapsing and Republicans are Prepared to Act

First things first: Obamacare is collapsing. Not a slow, stylized disintegration like you’d see in a Zack Snyder movie. This is a quick and messy Michael Bay-like crash that threatens to hurt millions of Americans.  The most recent evidence came in February, when Humana announced that it was pulling out of the Obamacare exchanges because…
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Republican Contenders Are the Only Ones Talking Seriously About Health Care

While Democrat candidates for president are busy finding ways to deepen government’s reach into key sectors of the economy, Republicans are working hard to fix what Washington has already broken. The former can be seen most clearly in Hillary Clinton’s plan to increase the federal government’s role in higher education. She accomplishes this goal by…
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Vermont’s Dabble With Socialized Medicine Comes to a Merciful End

Democrats and progressive ideologues have always loved the idea of “single payer” healthcare, which is nothing more than a nicer-sounding term for socialized medicine, in which the government, rather than private insurers, pays for all health care costs. Prior to Obamacare becoming law they wondered why single payer wasn’t on the table. “Wouldn’t [single payer]…
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Is it a Tax or Not? Obamacare Ties Democrats in Rhetorical Knots

In its attempt to implement it’s healthcare reform bill, better known as Obamacare, the Obama Administration has tied itself in political and rhetorical knots. When Democrats were attempting to sell the bill to the public they insisted that the individual mandate (the requirement that everyone must either obtain health insurance or pay a penalty) was…
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Obama Doing His Best to Ignore Health Care, Republicans Doing Their Best to Fix It

At its core the State of the Union preceding a contested presidential election is as much a campaign speech as a statement of policy. It was of little surprise then that President Obama kicked it off with one of the few achievements that just about every voter, regardless of political philosophy, can agree was a…
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Kagan's Past Undermines Her Ability to Judge Obamacare Impartially

President Obama took the stage on Wednesday to offer this year’s Thanksgiving turkey pardon. And with a mere wave of his hand, Obama gave two turkeys, named Liberty and Courage, a reprieve from sitting next to the mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce on someone’s Thanksgiving dinner plate. It will take more than a hand gesture…
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