My latest column for the American Spectator discusses the similarities between Medicare catastrophic care, which was repealed in 1989, and Obamacare:

The repeal of the “Affordable Care Act” is by no means without precedent in recent congressional history. In fact, one need look no farther back than 1989 to find a corollary. That was the year the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act (MCCA) was repealed.

As the NYT recently put it:

[Some] involved with the passage and repeal of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act see clear parallels with the current situation, in which a very vocal segment that views itself as harmed by the new law has joined with highly organized political operations to rally opposition to it.

Eventually, MCCA was repealed and sent to the dust bin of history, where Obamacare belongs. To read the rest of the column, click here.

Comments 1

  1. Bob Hertz wrote:

    You are correct about the politics of the 1989 Drug Act and Obamacare.

    In each case, a law can be overturned by a vocal minority which opposes it strongly.

    However, the 1989 Act was not all bad as you imply.

    It was introduced by Pres Reagan and had bipartisan support. It capped drug costs and the cost of very long hospitalizations.

    It was to be financed by a surtax on the upper 5 or 10% of seniors.

    This frankly rather privileged group went ballistic on the law, and combined with quiet support from big Pharma they scuttled the bill.

    It was a long long way from the dangers of the ACA.

    Posted 02 Dec 2013 at 12:42 pm

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