Boehner: We need to rip ObamaCare out by the roots

posted at 12:01 pm on July 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

How committed are Republicans to repeal in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare in its entirety on Thursday? John Boehner answered that question on CBS’ Face the Nation yesterday, pledging to rip ObamaCare out “by its roots.”  Only then, the House Speaker told CBS, can Congress and (presumably) a new President address rational and meaningful health-insurance reform in a way that doesn’t put the federal government in control of the entire industry.  However, the interview shows the difficulty of making this case without a plan to protect some of the more popular parts of the ObamaCare bill (via The Hill and Instapundit):

House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Sunday to repeal the Affordable Care Act, saying the law, which the Supreme Court ruled as being constitutional this week, should be “ripped out by its roots.”

“This has to be ripped out by its roots,” Boehner said in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “This is government taking over the entire health industry. The American people do not want to go down this path. It has to be ripped out and we need to start over one step at a time.

Boehner said that once the entire law is repealed, lawmakers can discuss individual measures. “We can have a common sense debate about which ought to stay and which ought to go,” he said.

Expect to hear these questions frequently as Republicans go on offense over the ObamaCare-tax issue.  Broken down into individual components, some of ObamaCare is very popular, including some mentioned by the CBS interviewer.  Republicans will eventually need to have a plan to address those points; Boehner mentions the Ryan plan, which was a big step in the right direction, for instance.  However, we can probably look forward to a few months of relative silence on alternatives while the GOP beats up Obama and Democrats for their ObamaCare-tax plan.

That’s just politics, but it’s also a missed opportunity.  The big problem in the Obama approach was the lack of diversity and competition in insurance plans.  Most people with pre-existing conditions could qualify for catastrophic health insurance and use HSAs to cover their routine medical care.  I have both a chronic thyroid issue and Type II diabetes, both of which would make it difficult for me to qualify for comprehensive plans, but both of those are fairly easy to cover out-of-pocket for much less than the annual cost of a comprehensive plan.  For younger adults who are usually very healthy, comprehensive plans make no sense whatsoever; they cost upward of $3500 a year, and most of these won’t get more than $200-$300 worth of benefits from it.  They would save themselves money by going the same route — a combination of inexpensive catastrophic coverage with HSAs that use pre-tax income to fund occasional doctor visits and prescription medication costs.

Furthermore, getting insurers out of the routine medical care business would help promote more diversity in the insurance pool and the provider pool.  Providers would be forced to compete on costs at the retail level, driving down the actual cost of most medical care, and creating pressure for innovation.  Resources in risk pools could be concentrated on hospitalization and much more rare issues of chronic illness, returning the health-insurance industry to a risk management system rather than HMOs by other names.  The reduction in government intervention means that public resources can focus solely on safety-net programs — and most of those could and should be managed by states, not the federal government.

If Republicans really want to win this health-care argument for the next generation, they will need to make an argument for free-market-based reforms as above.  They missed the opportunity to win this in 2001-6, when the GOP could have pre-empted Democrats and prevented an ObamaCare imposition.  If they do pull up ObamaCare “by the roots,” they’d better be prepared this time to deal with the clunky and costly third-party-payer system, or they won’t get another chance.

In his new book The Great Destroyer: Barack Obama’s War on the Republic, David Limbaugh warns what happens if Republicans fail to take advantage of their opportunity to replace Obama as President:

President Obama has repeatedly revealed his impatience with our Constitution’s separation of powers and its checks and balances, lamenting that democracy is sometimes “messy” and frustrating. He just wants the other branches to get out of his way, because he can’t allow a silly inconvenience like the Constitution to obstruct his utopian vision for America.

Obama and his allies have repeatedly broadcast their intentions in this regard. His former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, promised that Obama would govern through “executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues.” Obama told NBC News anchor Brian Williams in August 2010 that his “next two years” as president would be much more about “implementation” and “management” than “constant legislation.” “What I’m not gonna do is wait for Congress,” he baldly proclaimed in an interview on 60 Minutes. And in January 2012, frustrated with a GOP Congress that properly refused to rubber-stamp his destructive agenda, he said, “But when Congress refuses to act, and as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as President to do what I can without them. I’ve got an obligation to act on behalf of the American people. And I’m not going to stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people that we were elected to serve.”

Obama implements his power-grabs through administrative usurpations of legislative power, executive overreaches, and unconstitutional legislation, assisted by the many radical, unaccountable czars he has appointed. In his failed jobs bill (the “American Jobs Act”), he sought to create a new group of czars (the American Infrastructure Financing Authority) to manage more than a trillion dollars of taxpayer money for infrastructure improvements—authority that already resides with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Energy, and the U.S. General Services Administration.5 Columnist Lurita Doan notes that the

White House has also assembled an expansive new cadre of unaccountable White House liaison officers who “seem to be the critical players in so many of the scandals now erupting.” Working under the authority of Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, these officers are largely “unqualified and inexperienced” and are “embedded into every single federal agency.” Obama reportedly didn’t have contact with a half dozen cabinet members during his first two years in office,6 he rarely meets with his real, Senate-confirmed cabinet members, and increasingly relies on his czars and junior staffers who insulate him from contact with the public.

Try to imagine what types of overreaches he would attempt if he were re-elected. I have no doubt that if he wins in November, America will be destined to pass the point of no return in its headlong rush to Grecian-style bankruptcy, European socialism on steroids, national weakness, and the end of American freedom as we know it. It will be little comfort to be vindicated in these predictions, because that would mean that our generation had squandered the glorious legacy of freedom bequeathed to us by our parents and grandparents, and that we would have stolen from our children and grandchildren this same wondrous legacy.

It is still not too late to save America and restore her to a path of greatness, of robust liberty, and of economic prosperity. But I fear it is not hyperbole to suggest that it very well may be too late if we don’t end this madness in November 2012 by voting Barack Obama out of office. God bless all you patriots fighting for the survival and continued greatness of this nation. God bless the most wonderful Constitution “ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man,” and God bless this American Republic.

I tend to be a little more optimistic, but one thing is true: this is the last opportunity we will have to repeal ObamaCare. If Obama wins a second term, ObamaCare will go into effect, and it will be nearly impossible to reverse it in 2016 or later.


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Now McConnell says repeal is a long shot.
BOHICA.

Mr. Arrogant on July 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Just consider who the GOP elitists stuck us with as our candidate for POTUS and you will CLEARLY see that republicans caving in to the 0bamacare law is to be expected.

DannoJyd on July 2, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I believe Boehnor will work to repeal Obamacare about as hard as he represented the opposition on the debt ceiling deal last year. Curse Roberts.

love2rumba on July 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Romney’s second order of business after signing the legislation that Repeals Obamatax needs to be firing every single person that King Barry hired.

Does anyone here REALLY believe that will happen??

love2rumba on July 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I believe Boehnor will work to repeal Obamacare about as hard as he represented the opposition on the debt ceiling deal last year. Curse Roberts.

love2rumba on July 2, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Ohm come one… He’ll have one less coffee break this time around…

His tan sessions, though? These stay.

riddick on July 2, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Does anyone here REALLY believe that will happen??

love2rumba on July 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Heck no! I’m expecting 0bama’s second term to be delivered by Romney and the other GOP RINO’s.

DannoJyd on July 2, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Boehner: We need to rip ObamaCare out by the roots

So true. And the GOP base needs to hold YOU, Mr. Speaker, accountable for this and other tough statements that petered away when push came to shove.

Talk is cheap. SHOW us that you say what you mean and mean what you say. Please! Just once, show us!

minnesoter on July 2, 2012 at 9:43 PM

All citizens must be insured!

But you don’t have to prove you’re a citizen.

itsnotaboutme on July 2, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Does anyone here REALLY believe that will happen??

love2rumba on July 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Heck no! I’m expecting 0bama’s second term to be delivered by Romney and the other GOP RINO’s.

DannoJyd on July 2, 2012 at 9:24 PM

IMHO, the most likely scenario right now is Wrongney repeals Obummercare for major brownie points from conservatives…and then promptly goes full-bore liberal when the nation’s attention is diverted.

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

and then promptly goes full-bore liberal when the nation’s attention is diverted.

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Let’s call it “Going Roberts”.

riddick on July 3, 2012 at 12:31 AM

IMHO, the most likely scenario right now is Wrongney repeals Obummercare for major brownie points from conservatives…and then promptly goes full-bore liberal when the nation’s attention is diverted.

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 12:21 AM

I would actually prefer that to Romney doing nothing to kill 0bamacare, and that is what will happen since so many of Romney’s RICH supporters expect to make a bundle from the Individual Mandate.

DannoJyd on July 3, 2012 at 12:41 AM

tom on July 2, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The point being the Romney can’t be trusted.

antisocial on July 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM

If that was the point, it was a long and twisty way to get there.

No, the point was to label Romney a hypocrite for not calling his plan a tax, as if Roberts had ruled on RomneyCare. But the truth is that for all the similarities between RomneyCare and ObamaCare, the fact that one was a state plan and the other a national plan totally changed the justification needed for each.

Roberts’ decision was all about how to justify ObamaCare under the U.S. Constitution, and RomneyCare was a state-level law that needed no defense under the US Constitution.

It’s still embarrassing to Romney how much ObamaCare is like his own plan in Massachusetts, and it should be. But the tax/penalty/Commerce Clause debate doesn’t even touch on RomneyCare at all.

Concern trolls need to work a little harder.

Unfortunately, they’re not generally bright enough to see their logical incoherence, and keep making non sequiturs that they believe are brilliant chains of logic.

Kind of sad, really.

tom on July 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Kind of sad, really.

tom on July 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM

Yes THIS Is!

Conservatives to Mitt: Quit Now If You Won’t Fight Obamatax!

Saved under “Expected”.

DannoJyd on July 3, 2012 at 2:25 AM

ConservativesIdiots who’ve never run for so much as dog catcher to Mitt: Quit Now If You Won’t Fight Obamatax!

DannoJyd on July 3, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Mitt’s response: LOLOLOLOL…no.

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

As much as I would like to see Obamacare repealed, it will not happen with the present GOP leadership. Boehner has turned into a big disappointment and will cave quickly. Mitch McConnell has already said it would be diffcult to do so. Romney said he would repeal it on his first day in Office. Candidates make statements but very seldom follow through.

flintstone on July 3, 2012 at 9:23 AM

John Boehner always talk tough but as soon as the Democrats push back even in the slightest, he curls up on the fetal position and starts crying like a baby until his advisors have assured him that the big-bad Democrats have left the building and it’s save for him now. Truly a spineless, pathetic little man.

Mahdi on July 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Hey Boehner, you might want to take your BFF McConnell by the hand and sit the poor fellow down and tell him to STFU about Obamacare being impractical to overturn. Methinks you guys just raised a few million in a couple hours from us folks that want exactly that.
Realize if you go squishy on the repeal, we’re gonna go squishy on you again. How’d you like Pelosi-Reid in charge?

smfic on July 3, 2012 at 1:14 PM

“This has to be ripped out by its roots,” Boehner said in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Hmm I did not hear those words in that interview.

Could you show that Ed?

I can’t imagine any conservative using such choice words.’

amend2 on July 4, 2012 at 12:22 AM

NO better than HUffington if you just make believe that politicians said something that you “wished” they had said..

this site is getting boring.

amend2 on July 4, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Mitt’s response: LOLOLOLOL…no.

MelonCollie on July 3, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Yep! That is what he said about repealing 0bamacare all right, and this is what was reported yesterday:

However Mr Romney’s own vague plans for health care – starting with “repealing and replacing ObamaCare” on day one of his presidency – were viewed favourably by just 30 per cent of people, and negatively by 47 per cent.

Mr Romney’s stance on the subject has been undermined by “Romneycare”, the Massachusetts system that was copied in the creation of Mr Obama’s reform.

While Mr Romney now claims that he never believed it should be used across the US, in fact he said in a 2007 speech that it was “a model for the nation”.

This is getting so BLASMAPHOUS bad that I don’t even feel like reminding you that I told you so, SHEESH!

Was McLames campaign this bad so early on? I don’t think so.

DannoJyd on July 4, 2012 at 6:14 AM

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