Thursday, January 30, 2014

GOP considers approaches to "fix" Obamacare, listen to the Middle Class.

The GOP, instead of harping on defunding Obamacare, is starting to look at ways to “fix” it according to conservative principles, according to Washington Times reporter Tom Howell on Jan. 27, with the link for the story here
The plan would scrap the individual mandate, except that it would provide guarantee of insurance coverage once someone has insurance (as from an employer) if the coverage is lost, with subsidies if necessary.
It also wants to replace the Medicaid expansion completely. 
Howell has also written that Obamacare is causing many employers (including Target) to cancel part-timers insurance or cut back hours.

The Washington Post is reporting that the GOP is listening more to the middle class, and may even consider more income support for childless singles in poverty as well as "moms with kids" (what about marriage?)

George Will has pointed out another existential flaw in the individual mandate today in the Washington Post, on p. A19, “Obamacare’s lethal flaw”, link here.)  The online title is “Four words in the ACA could spell its doom”.  Those words are “established by the state”.  The IRS is trying to interpret its way out of what seems like a logical contradiction within the Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA in 2012 (link). George Will's article title "lethal flaw" reminds me of the online essay "Ephram's Fatal Flaw" by the character Ephram, a piano prodigy, in the WB series "Everwood" a few years ago.  The "fatal flaw" was the inability to change/ Not so with the ACA.  

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