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Advice to Ken Buck & other candidates: aim to repeal ObamaCare, not just revise

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Ken Buck has said that ObamaCare (HR 3590) is wrong.  In Human Events, Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute makes the case that “lawmakers need to scrap the measure in its entirety” and that “incremental revisions just won’t do.” Some excerpts:

Incremental revisions just won’t do. This 2,400-page law is the biggest entitlement since the Great Society. A wide-ranging program that puts one-sixth of our economy in the hands of politicians and bureaucrats can’t be fixed through a little tinkering. Lawmakers need to scrap the measure in its entirety.

Time is of the essence. Obamacare works like a one-way ratchet. Dismantling the huge new bureaucracies established by the measure will be effectively impossible once they’ve taken root.

Once all these taxes and government agencies are in full force, thousands of government employees will be dependent on the continued expansion of Obamacare for their livelihood. They’ll fight tooth-and-nail against any legislation that compromises their paycheck. If lawmakers don’t eradicate these taxes before they’re fully in place, all those bureaucrats will be here to stay.

Obamacare is also designed to make Americans dependent on government for insurance. …

Many Americans will get used to having other taxpayers foot the bill for ever-greater amounts of ever-more generous coverage.

This fall, Republicans will attempt to persuade the American people that they deserve to be put back in power. Exhibit A in their case should be a pledge to immediately repeal Obamacare. Scrapping the health-reform package in its entirety is the only way to prevent Obamacare from doing irreparable damage to the country.

Read the whole article: Repealing Obamacare: Politically Feasible, Morally Urgent.

Yet, if repealing is not possible, Merrill Matthews of the Council for Affordable Health Insurance suggests ways of curbing the harmful effects of the health control legislation, HR 3590.  I wrote a blog post about this in June.

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