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On Repeal, One Candidate’s Message Stands Out

2:15 PM, Nov 7, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Here’s what the four leading Republican presidential candidates (based on the Real Clear Politics average of recent polling) have to say on their websites, in total, about why it’s so important that we repeal Obamacare — and about how highly they prioritize that goal.  In both of these veins, one of the four candidates stands out.

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So that they may be appraised without bias, the candidates’ words are listed blindly below and are connected to the given candidate at the end:

(Only passages about repeal are included, not those about Obamacare’s potential replacement.)

Candidate A:

“Repeal and Replace Health Care ‘Deform’”:

“President Obama and the liberals in Congress have dismantled the free market health care system and replaced it with health care ‘deform.’ They have passed measures that compromise the sacred patient-doctor relationship, eliminate patient choice, stick a bureaucrat in the examining room, ration care and do nothing to limit frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of health care. In all of these provisions, they made health care more expensive and less accessible for American families they claimed to protect.

“Under the guise of making health care a ‘right’ for all people, President Obama and the liberals in Congress instead extended the tentacles of government, expanding their control and diminishing patients’ rights. They have also made it more difficult and more expensive for doctors to practice medicine, including specialized practitioners who are desperately needed to save lives. In reality, their attempts at reforming the system have actually deformed it.

“The majority of Americans agree: it’s time to repeal and replace Obamacare with patient-centered, free market reforms.”

Candidate B:

“Legislative Proposals”:

“1. Repeal Obamacare and pass a replacement that saves lives and money by empowering patients and doctors, not bureaucrats and politicians.”

“REPEAL”:

“Obamacare is a disaster and the first task of my administration will be to repeal it.

“The Obamacare law is unconstitutional, unaffordable, unworkable, and stunningly unfair. Its so-called ‘individual mandate’ is blatantly unconstitutional and an unprecedented expansion of federal power.  If the federal government can coerce individuals — by threat of fines — to buy health insurance, there is no stopping the federal government from forcing Americans to buy any good or service.

“In addition to the unconstitutional nature of individual and employer mandates, we are learning that they simply don’t work.

“Their intractable problem is this: once you have a mandate, the government has to specify exactly what coverage must be included in insurance for it to qualify. This introduces political considerations into determining these minimum standards, guaranteeing that nothing desired by the special interests will be left out.

“And once the government mandates such expensive insurance, the government becomes responsible for its costs. It has to adopt expensive subsidies to help people pay for the expensive plans that it is requiring. The resulting cost to the taxpayer and strain on the budget leads the government to try and control healthcare costs by limiting healthcare services. The inevitable result is rationing by a nameless, faceless, unaccountable board of government bureaucrats. 

“The Obamacare law also creates one thousand, nine hundred and sixty eight separate grants of power to bureaucrats, most of them to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and her bureaucracy. It creates 159 new boards, agencies and other government entities to administer health decisions that should be up to the individual in consultation with their doctor. This unprecedented grant of discretionary power to unelected bureaucrats guarantees the rise in arbitrary and corrupted decision-making by the federal government. 

“For these reasons and more, I will fight for the repeal of Obamacare until it is repealed in its entirety.

“We must either limit government or we will have government limit us.”

Candidate C:

“Healthcare”:

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