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What Republicans Should Be Doing: Holding Hearings On Obamacare


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Now that Paul Ryan is the presumptive new leader of the House of Representatives, what happens next?

The single biggest domestic policy issue the country faces is Obamacare. So far, Republicans in Congress haven’t done anything very useful in addressing it. The House has voted 54 times to repeal some or all of Obamacare — knowing all the while that none of these votes would go anywhere. Yet neither the House nor the Senate has held a single serious hearing on the worse defects in the health reform law.

If that last statement surprises you, let me clarify. There have been occasional hearings on relatively minor issues. But the most important thing Obamacare does is to try to insure 30 million new people and force another 170 million to have more generous insurance than they previously had. The tools are subsidies and mandates. How well is all that working? Do Republicans have a better approach?

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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.”


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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?