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When It Comes to Repeal, Ben Sasse Is the Real Deal

8:01 AM, Feb 3, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Clancy also takes Sasse to task for favoring an alternative to Obamacare—one that helps to equalize the tax treatment between the employer and individual markets—rather than simply embracing Clancy’s notion of letting “free people in free markets provid[e] the health care everyone needs at a price most can afford (with private charitable assistance buying the remainder into the market).”  Sure, such a scenario would be pretty ideal.  But it would also be ideal if the federal government hadn’t broken our health care system in the first place—and if we weren’t staring down the cannon at Obamacare’s potentially becoming a permanent fixture of American life.  Does Clancy really think the way to bring about full repeal is to tell independent voters that millions of people who are now getting thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded Obamacare subsidies can, under his plan, learn to rely on private charity? 

In truth, there are two kinds of right-leaning politicians or commentators who endanger the cause of repeal:  those who don’t really care about repeal because they don’t really think Obamacare is all that bad, and those who refuse to offer an alternative because they cannot see the political reality on the ground—namely, that you can’t beat something with nothing.  Whether it’s Mitt Romney (a member of the first camp) or Dean Clancy (a member of the second), each of these two forms of erroneous thinking leads to the same place:  the failure to defeat Obamacare. 

Thankfully, there are a lot of conservative leaders who avoid these pitfalls on either side.  And there are a few, like Sasse, who have the will to lead the charge on repeal—and the talent to help bring it to fruition.

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