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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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“If elected, [candidate C] will repeal Obamacare — a misguided, unconstitutional and unsustainable government takeover of our health care that will undermine patient quality, increase red tape and send costs skyrocketing for taxpayers, patients and healthcare providers.”

Candidate D:

“Our next president must repeal Obamacare….”

“‘Others, like me, believe Obamacare should be repealed and replaced.  At the core of this debate is the question of what creates better patient outcomes and more efficiency:  free enterprise and consumer-driven markets, or government management and regulation?’

“Repeal and replace President Obama’s health care law”:

“[Candidate D] believes that Obamacare must be repealed. On his first day in office, he will issue an executive order paving the way for waivers from Obamacare for all 50 states. Subsequently, he will call on Congress to fully repeal Obamacare….”

“Five Executive Orders for Day One:

“An Order to Pave the Way to End Obamacare”:

“Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services and all relevant federal officials to return the maximum possible authority to the states to innovate and design health care solutions that work best for them.”

“As president, [candidate D] will work to repeal laws like Obamacare….”

(Note: Obamacare cannot be repealed by executive order but only by passing repeal legislation.)

Okay — so who’s who?  The four candidates are listed in alphabetical order:  candidate A is Herman Cain, candidate B is Newt Gingrich, candidate C is Rick Perry, and candidate D is Mitt Romney.

Gingrich stands out as being the only candidate who declares repeal to be his top priority. He also stands out for offering by far the most knowledgeable, concrete, and compelling explanation as to why repeal must be the top priority. 

Such persuasive explanations — paired with a firm commitment to the cause — are central to ensuring that 2010 won’t be the last election in which those who were most responsible for passing Obamacare will learn that “in all free governments,” “the cool and deliberate sense of the community” will “ultimately prevail over the views of its rulers.”

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