The boss reported this morning on CBS that Republicans will unveil an alternative to Obamacare tomorrow in the Senate:
Said host Bob Schieffer, "Bill, you actually have some news, I understand, because you've learned that the Republicans are going to, what, present an alternative to Obamacare?"
"Yeah, I mean, Obamacare is, I think, really a disaster and not getting better. But the best talking point Democrats have had is, well, what would you do? Just go back to the status quo ante, which wasn't so great, people losing health insurance, at least allegedly, if they had pre-existing conditions, poor people having trouble getting health insurance? So I think I'm not supposed to be revealing this, but since you asked me, I guess I'll -- I just have to say it," said Bill Kristol.
"No -- senior Republican senators tomorrow are going to lay out the outlines of legislation, which I think will become real legislation, that would be a conservative reform alternative to Obamacare. It would deal with the preexisting condition problem. It would have tax credits for the poor. It would get rid of all the ridiculous bureaucracy, regulation limitations of Obamacare. And I think it will -- this will be Senators Coburn, who, Senator Coburn of Oklahoma, who's retiring, very well respected; Senator Hatch, who is the ranking Republican on the Finance Committee, who will become chairman of Senate Finance next year if Republicans win the Senate; and Senator Burr, who's senior on the Health Committee.
"So this is a serious piece of legislation. It could get, I think, pretty across the board support from Republican senators. There are some tweaks in it that there will be debates among Republicans and conservatives about how generous to be with the subsidies, with the tax credits and so forth. But I think it really will make it harder for the president and for Democrats to say the Republicans have no alternative."
Schieffer asked, "Will there be any chance that that could pass?"
"If Republicans win the Senate in November, I think in 2015, you could imagine a Republican Senate and a Republican House passing this. The Republican House might even pass it this year. And, again, then it's up to the president whether he wants to abandon Obamacare and sign on to a sensible health care reform," the boss responded.