Republicans on Capitol Hill last week roundly condemned the Supreme Courts decision to allow federal (Obamacare) subsidies to continue in the 34 states where the federal government is running the exchanges. Privately, there was a collective sigh of relief. The reason: Had the decision gone the other way, it could have been politically disastrous.
If the Court had found the subsidies illegal, about 6 million people would have been in danger of losing their health insurance. President Obama would have asked Congress for a one-sentience piece of legislationto make the subsidies legal. As the Republicans tried to construct a response, voters across the country would have discovered three unpleasant facts.
|John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed Independent books, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the Father of Health Savings Accounts.|
Obamacare remains highly controversial and faces ongoing legal and political challenges. Polls show that by a large margin Americans remain opposed to the healthcare law and seek to repeal and replace it. However, the question is: Replace it with what?