Avik Roy writes at the National Review Online:
There’s been a lot of talk on the right about the importance of having a policy agenda that addresses the challenges of poverty and economic mobility. A neglected aspect of that discussion, however, is the degree to which access to health coverage is a part of the problem facing lower-income and middle-class Americans today. Medicaid is a basketcase of a program that leaves poor people no healthier than they were before — though it spends trillions on their behalf. And, thanks to Obamacare, one of the biggest economic challenges facing the middle class — the rising cost of health insurance — is getting significantly worse.Really? Really? You call Medicaid a "basketcase" and yet you would impose it on the entire country? And you'd compare that system to public education, which is, to borrow a phrase, a shredded mess. If I had kids, I wouldn't send them anywhere near a government school, for reasons I've already discussed. And now you want to build a health care system I wouldn't want to send my loved ones to?
While “repealing and replacing” Obamacare is one way to address this problem, its political viability in 2017 — when tens of millions of Americans will be on Obamacare-sponsored coverage — is far from guaranteed. What will repealers-and-replacers say to Americans who like their Obamacare plans, and want to keep them?
The good news is there is an alternative approach, one that would achieve similar – if not better – fiscal results to repeal-and-replace, but with less disruption to existing coverage arrangements. I’ve discussed that approach previously in these pages, and I have a new article discussing the idea today in the Washington Examiner.
In today’s piece, I argue that no Republican health-reform plan will get anywhere until Republicans come to agree that it’s a legitimate goal of public policy to ensure that all Americans have access to quality health care, just as we agree that all Americans should have access to a quality education[.]
Interestingly, if you look at the comments, he isn't getting many takers. But you wait. Insurance under Obamacare will get so unaffordable that the hue and cry for taxpayer-funded care will reach a crescendo just as Hillary is taking office -- and that was the plan all along.