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Don’t Forget Obamacare

Sep 26, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 02 • By JAMES C. CAPRETTA
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Nor should the House stop there. Republicans could also bring up a bill to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB—an unelected and unaccountable group of 15 individuals charged with implementing deep cuts in Medicare—is the epitome of Obama’s governing philosophy: a technocratic, know-it-all body, handing down decisions that can’t be appealed by ordinary citizens. IPAB will infuriate voters the more they learn about it, and Republicans can help in the education process by voting to repeal it. Similar tactics should be pursued with regard to the Medicare cuts and the dysfunctional long-term care entitlement program contained in Obamacare.

Some worry that targeting individual provisions for repeal in this manner might succeed in killing the most odious parts of Obamacare, thereby making the rest of the law more palatable to the electorate. But that shouldn’t be a concern. It is highly unlikely that legislation targeting Obamacare will make it through the Democratic Senate. Even if it does, President Obama will almost certainly veto anything that strikes at the heart of his signature initiative.

Bringing up for consideration legislation that targets the individual mandate and other provisions is far more likely to have the intended effect of forcing Obamacare’s apologists to defend even its most unpopular features. And that is exactly what the GOP should be trying to do as November 2012 approaches.

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