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How to Stop a Train Wreck from Happening

Conservatives have long known that Obamacare would never work, and liberals are reluctantly but increasingly conceding it as well.

But here we are.

It’s May of 2013, and time is not standing still.  Obamacare is already a disaster.  There are limited but very important opportunities to prevent Obamacare from being implemented in 2014.  Full repeal is of course the goal, but there are other options for pulling the rug out from under this dreadful law.

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) is seizing these opportunities to stop Obamacare from causing irreparable damage to our health care system.  He has offered two pieces of legislation that will help defeat Obamacare.  The first is The Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act, and the second, introduced yesterday, is the Federal Repeal of Expensive Exchanges Act

The first bill strikes the Medicaid expansion from Obamacare entirely, removing the possibility of more governors choosing to adopt it in their states.  If it is not struck down, the temptation will remain for states to go along with the disastrous Medicaid expansion.  Temptation is the key word there. The problem is that Medicaid is a failed program, and adding more people to its rolls will just add fuel to the fire.  Moreover, the federal government will leave the states to cover the burdensome costs of the Medicaid expansion after the initial years of implementation.

The second bill eliminates Obamacare’s costly exchange mandates, which are “a direct assault to the state’s traditional authority to regulate health insurance.”  The bill would repeal the costly subsidies of Obamacare.

The Medicaid expansion and the expensive exchanges are some of Obamacare’s vital organs, and they have to be shut down.

And why is this so time sensitive?  Why are these steps so critical in the fight against Obamacare.

Heritage Action’s Dan Holler explains (sub. req’d):

You cannot allow the Medicaid expansion to go forward. You cannot allow the exchanges to go forward, because people get brought into the system and they expect a certain benefit from the government. And once that happens, it is very hard to take it away.

Again we really have to hit Obamacare where it’s going to make the biggest impact.  Dan added:

It’s one thing to go after [Obamacare’s Independent Patient Advisory Board], which is obviously a very popular target for good reason, but that doesn’t necessarily stop Obamacare from going into law.

Rep. Salmon is taking the necessary steps to prevent the train wreck.

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