Imagine that you are in a time machine. That time machine takes you back to February 2011…or February 2012…or even February of last year. Once you are back in the past, someone asks you, “Wouldn’t it be great if Republicans took control of both Houses of Congress and the White House in 2016, and had the opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare in 2017?”
If asked that question at those times, most Christian conservatives would have been ecstatic at the possibility. Now, our dreams of consigning Obamacare to the dustbin of history are within reach—but there’s a problem: Repealing and replacing Obamacare isn’t as easy as it sounds.
Recent reports indicate that Republicans in Washington are having trouble getting on the same page about Obamacare. Some want to repeal Obamacare lock, stock, and barrel; others want to retain some aspects of the health care law. Some want to repeal the health care law quickly and take their time about a replacement; others want to wait on the repeal until a replacement package is in place.
At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we believe it is very important that congressional Republicans get on the same page. Both conservative, establishment, and moderate Republicans should be able to agree on the following:
- Obamacare must be fully repealed. Anything less than a full repeal would be unacceptable to the millions of American voters that voted the current Members of Congress into office.
- Any Obamacare repeal and replacement measure must ensure that American tax dollars are not used to fund elective abortions or abortion providers.
- Obamacare must be replaced with a new law that does not include an individual mandate or an employer mandate.
- The repeal and replacement of Obamacare must provide a mechanism that allows Americans with health problems to continue receiving health coverage without being bankrupted in the process.
- The repeal and replacement of Obamacare must not saddle Americans with new taxes and must not add to the national debt.
- The repeal and replacement of Obamacare must embrace conservative principles of competition and state sovereignty.
- Obamacare betrayed many Americans by causing them to lose their health insurance. The repeal and replacement of Obamacare cannot result in millions of Americans being left without health insurance and without any reasonable possibility of obtaining health insurance. [Updated 03/26/2017]
If Republicans in Washington can manage to agree upon these principles and craft legislation that conforms to them, the difficult road to the repeal and replacement of Obamacare will be made much easier.