11:21 AM, Sep 8, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
2017 Project executive director Jeffrey Anderson issued a memorandum this morning reporting that the nonpartisan Center for Health & Economy has "scored" the group’s alternative to Obamacare. THE WEEKLY STANDARD readers are familiar with the broad case for the alternative (see here and here), which would repeal Obamacare in full, offer a tax credit to anyone who buys health insurance in the individual market, deal with the issue of preexisting conditions through commonsense regulations and the use of state-run high-risk pools, and provide opportunities and incentives to shop for value. The scoring of the plan makes the case even more powerful.
Here's some of the good news from Anderson's memo, which reports these findings from the Center for Health & Economy:
· The 2017 Project’s Alternative would save $1.13 trillion in federal spending versus Obamacare from 2014 through 2023.
· Six million more Americans would have private health insurance under the Alternative than under Obamacare.
· Under the Alternative, premiums would decrease in the individual market “in all plan categories for both single and family coverage,” with reductions ranging from 4 to 25 percent.
· Provider access—“access to desired physicians and facilities”—in the individual market would increase by 19 percent in the first year of the Alternative and by 57 percent as of 2023.
· Provider access in the employer-based market would increase by 4 percent.
· Obamacare would cover 249 million people, while the Alternative—without imposing an individual or employer mandate—would cover 243 million, thereby leaving 38 million uninsured under Obamacare (13 percent of the population) versus 44 million under the Alternative (15 percent of the population)—with all of Obamacare’s additional coverage coming from increasing the Medicaid rolls.
· The Alternative wouldn’t needlessly disrupt the employer-based market—149 million people would have employer-based insurance in 2015 (the year before the Alternative would take effect), and the same number would have it in 2023 (the last year of scoring).
See H&E’s full scoring here.
As Anderson sums up: " The 2017 Project’s Alternative would not only repeal Obamacare; it would also fix what the federal government had already broken in our health-care system before Obamacare was passed. In doing so, it would lower costs, secure liberty, and make sure that any American who wants to buy health insurance would be able to do so. It would beat Obamacare in nearly every particular—on fiscal prudence, affordability of premiums, choice of policies, access to doctors, and freedom from government control and coercion. And by offering genuine reform, it would pave the way to full repeal.”
8:05 AM, Sep 2, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Slowly but surely, the anti-repeal wing of the Republican party is starting to reassert itself. The latest effort comes from Lanhee Chen, who was the top policy advisor on the Mitt Romney campaign. As readers will likely recall, that campaign refused to advance an alternative to Obamacare, failed to emphasize the horror that is Obamacare, and went 0-9 in the nine most important swing states. Hot off of that success, Chen now has some advice for the rest of us.
8:02 AM, Jul 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken her book tour abroad. But in an interview with the BBC, when answering a question about how specialness of the special relationship between the U.S. and UK, the nation's former top diplomat gets the names of the political parties in the UK wrong.
The BBC host asked, "So how special is the special relationship?"
12:00 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By JAY COST
Earlier this year, Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton—now locked in a toss-up Senate race with Democrat Mark Pryor—voted against the farm bill. According to politicos and pundits in Washington, D.C., this is a politically dangerous vote to have cast.
7:22 AM, Jun 11, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
In the New York Times, Jonathan Martin calls David Brat's defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary "one of the most stunning primary election upsets in congressional history."
8:01 AM, May 22, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
Gary Palmer, who is seeking a House seat in Alabama, is a unique candidate. Until this year, he’d never run for political office. Yet he has a long and impressive record in politics. He was a walk-on for Bear Bryant’s University of Alabama football team – whoops, that’s not politics.
11:35 PM, May 6, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
The Republican drive to capture the Senate in the 2014 midterm election got a significant boost Tuesday in North Carolina with the victory of house speaker Thom Tillis in the GOP Senate primary. Tillis will face Democratic senator Kay Hagan in the November election.
9:20 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Mike Lee, perhaps the United States Senate’s leading voice for a conservative reform agenda, has now endorsed Ben Sasse in Nebraska’s Senate race. Lee declared, “Nebraskans need Ben Sasse to represent their values, reformers in the Senate need his conservative vote, our country needs his voice.” Lee added that Sasse is “a strong constitutional conservative who understands the proper role of government” and who “also recognizes that we must run and win on the power of our positive ideas.”
11:13 AM, Feb 10, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
New York Democratic senator Chuck Schumer, an author of the Senate immigration bill, may have succeeded in helping Republicans kill his own bill.
Where was John F. Kennedy on the ideological spectrum?Nov 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11 • By RONALD RADOSH
Reading this provocative and compelling analysis of John F. Kennedy’s political vision, I could not help but think of the reaction Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. had when his colleague John P. Diggins told him he was writing a book favorable to Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “Please,” Schlesinger said, “don’t make him look too good.” If Schlesinger were still alive and able to read Stoll’s new account, he would undoubtedly turn purple. One thing is certain: Ira Stoll’s Kennedy is not the same as Arthur Schlesinger’s.
1:58 PM, Oct 28, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
What's wrong with Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's Republican candidate for governor? He's losing by nearly 10 percentage points, according to Real Clear Politics, to Terry McAuliffe, the flawed Democrat. The conventional wisdom is that Cuccinelli is too conservative on social issues, and the McAuliffe campaign has run ads painting the Republican as an extremist on abortion, gay rights, and contraception.
"In the United States, sometimes the names I'm called are quite different."9:23 AM, Sep 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In Sweden, President Obama complained about the way he's sometimes treated back home in the United States, and suggested he'd be more welcomed in Europe:
"You know, I have to say that if I were here in Europe, I'd probably be considered right in the middle, maybe center-left, maybe center-right, depending on the country. In the United States, sometimes the names I'm called are quite different," Obama said at a joint press conference.
12:27 PM, Jul 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, the five-term Republican from Kentucky, has drawn a primary challenge for his reelection effort next year from businessman Matt Bevin. Bevin, who will likely self-finance part of his campaign, is out with his first ad Wednesday. The 30-second spot purports to introduce the first-time candidate to voters, though it spends just as much time criticizing the 71-year-old McConnell for his "30 years in Washington."
4:19 PM, Jul 23, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll indicates that the only group of Americans who remain strongly supportive of Obamacare are self-described “liberal Democrats.” Even “moderate or conservative” Democrats have started to jump ship en masse — as they’re now more likely to oppose Obamacare than to support it. Given that most Democrats (57 percent, according to the poll) claim to be either “moderate” or “conservative,” this poses a major problem for the Obama administration’s centerpiece legislation.