No Conservative Case for Obamacare

Heritage’s Nina Owcharenko published piece in Real Clear Policy entitled, “There is No ‘Conservative Case for Obamacare.’”  After two years of conservatives making the case against Obamacare, you would think this is pretty obvious.  So what’s the catch?

J.D. Kleinke, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, recently authored an op-ed in the New York Times to argue that the guiding ideology for Obamacare is conservative rather than liberal.  Really?!

No.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Owcharenko explains Kleinke’s tricky tactic:

“Kleinke’s column – like Obamacare itself – tries to cover up a liberal policy agenda by hijacking conservative principles and terminology. That proponents of the law must resort to such linguistic sleight of hand proves only that they recognize the American people are no fans of government-run health care.”

Owcharenko’s article is an excellent explanation of just how liberal Obamacare is in its guiding principles, and if you happened to read Kleinke’s opinion piece, Owcharenko will clear any lingering doubts in your mind that Obamacare is even remotely conservative.

Among other glaring flaws in Kleinke’s line of argumentation, Owcharenko explains:

“Consider the term “health exchanges.” The Heritage Foundation and other conservatives use the term to describe a mechanism that allows individuals to purchase coverage of their choice without losing existing tax breaks. The architects of Obamacare appropriated the term and applied it to the monster of their own making: a government-run operation that will regulate insurance offerings like a public utility. That’s nothing close to the free-market exchange envisioned by conservatives, where insurance sellers and buyers can negotiate freely.

In an Obamacare exchange, insurers’ customer is the government, not the American consumer. So when Kleinke notes that insurers are “quietly supporting” the law, it should be no surprise. They are working to appease their customer – the government.”

Honestly, Mr. Kleinke, conservatives are inherently opposed to anything that “would do nothing to put patients first,” “[put] government in charge,” “[shift] power to federal bureaucrats,” or allow “government [to decide] what benefits health plans can and must offer, how doctors and providers should deliver care, and, ultimately, what health care and services will be available in our country.”  Nor are we fans of the Independent Payment Advisory Board.  Sorry.  There’s just no legitimate way for you to spin the idea that Obamacare is ideologically conservative.

By no means is the preceding an exhaustive list of all the garbage the American people are forced to swallow with Obamacare, but it gives you a picture of why conservatives truly oppose Obamacare.

What conservatives would really like to see in a health care plan would be a “truly consumer, market-based system” in which “the health care sector (insurers, doctors, hospitals, and other providers) are accountable to the patients and are able to adapt as consumers demand, not as government mandates.”  Asserting anything to the contrary is laughable.

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