Commentary: Clean Repeal

To the people of these United States and in the interest of our republic,

I may not be sufficiently learned in the complexities of health care and health insurance to appreciate the full spectrum of considerations in this crisis, but I am a student of freedom and firmly believe that the principles of a free market provide the most equitable solutions to economic concerns.

The Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is the most striking and consequential example of Social Democracy in the laws of this country, a perversion of the very real responsibility of government to assure equitable access to health insurance.  It abandoned free market principles and created a government controlled market, where our financial fortunes in regards to paying for health care are now at the whim of whoever happens to be in power.  If millions are at risk of losing their health insurance, it is only because they were lured into an uncertain condition of oppressive government dependence by those unwilling to make the necessary changes to preserve a free market model.

The ACA betrayed the principles of federalism and of ethical legislation.  Experience has long shown that state and local governments are more suited for innovation and experimentation then the federal government and also that the most effective bills are ones that use clear and specific language for clearly identified and specific problems.  These realities were not only ignored by those who drafted the ACA but were blatantly flaunted.  The ACA is a single one-size-fits-all monstrosity that trips over itself as it tries to solve too many problems at once and ties the hands of state and local governments from the ability to experiment and seek alternate solutions (indeed it punishes localities and individuals for insubordination).

We should be concerned if current efforts by Republicans to replace the ACA in Congress only succeed in replacing the madness with watered down madness, and merely shift the blame for the inevitable collapse of an unsustainable model.  The replacement for the ACA does not have to be another large bill, nor should it be.  Ideas are best chewed and digested one at a time, so that good ideas don’t get spat out along with bad ideas.  We must therefore call for a clean repeal that would end ACA entirely but provide a process that would roll it back in a methodical and pragmatic manner and the separate introduction of smaller, clearer, and more concise legislation to deal with specific concerns in the health insurance market.  This is the only sure way to regain a free market model in health insurance while providing the flexibility to react to new concerns moving forward.

But, what do I know, I’m only a history school drop out.

-The Millennial Federalist



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