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The Health Care Congress

Jan 31, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 19 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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How to get there? Focus on what drives opposition to the Affordable Care Act: resistance to federal control. The voters who went to town hall meetings and joined Tea Parties and voted Republican in 2010 do not like the idea of the federal government interfering with their health care arrangements. They don’t want to see Medicare cut to pay for a new entitlement. They believe that taxes and regulations originating inside the Beltway hurt the economy and limit individual freedom. They do not want decisions about health care cost and availability to be determined by Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services. The idea that the federal government could force someone to buy health insurance repulses them.

Attack Obamacare’s taxes and mandates, and Democrats will have to play defense. Offer the public common-sense measures to introduce competition and portability into the health insurance market, and Republicans will reap the political rewards. Let the debate rage over who knows better—the people or Washington, D.C.—and the people will win every time.

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