In today’s American Spectator, I wonder if Rep. Tom Price can coax congressional Republicans out from under the bed with his eminently sensible plan to replace Obamacare:
The Supreme Court is probably about to hand congressional Republicans a once-in-a-lifetime chance to eradicate the Obamacare contagion from the body politic, but the GOP has been typically timorous concerning whether to take advantage of this opportunity. A refreshing exception to this poltroonery has been Tom Price, Chairman of the House Budget Committee. Price, who practiced medicine in Atlanta for twenty years before coming to Congress, has not only introduced an eminently viable replacement for the imploding health care “reform” law, but has also said he won’t support proposed legislation that would temporarily extend Obamacare subsidies that SCOTUS deems illegal.
The Democrats and their allies in the media have waged a vigorous propaganda campaign designed to convince Republicans that a ruling in favor of the plaintiffs will put them in dire political jeopardy.
A number of GOP “leaders” have bought this balderdash. Senator Ron Johnson, for example, has introduced legislation to perpetuate the controversial Obamacare subsidies through 2017. Price has more intestinal fortitude. When questioned about his view of that option late last week, he replied thus: ‘I don’t think that I would be supportive of continuing the subsidies beyond what the Court would allow.’ Oddly enough, this puts him on the same page as the Republican base. As Greg Sargent reports, ‘A new poll finds that a solid majority of GOP respondents want the Court to nix subsidies … an even larger majority of Republicans want Congress not to update the law if the Court rules that way.’
If the Supreme Court rules that the IRS can’t funnel subsidies through federal exchanges, Price wants to pull the plug on Obamacare and replace it with his own alternative, the Empowering Patients First Act.
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