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After the Train Wreck

What will Republicans offer to replace Obamacare?

Nov 25, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 11 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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The White House responded accordingly, announcing on November 14, one day before the House was set to vote on the Upton bill, that it would offer its own “fix” to the problem. Insurers will now be encouraged to let policyholders in the individual market renew their 2013 policies for next year, even though those old policies would otherwise be illegal under Obamacare. The action, justified under the administration’s “enforcement discretion,” was designed to spare the White House an embarrassing vote in Congress. 

The pro-Obamacare coalition hadn’t quite shattered, but it was beginning to crumble. Democratic senator Max Baucus’s prediction that the implementation of Obamacare would prove to be a train wreck turned out to be truer than he or anyone else could have guessed.

The remaining question for Republicans in Congress is how they’ll clean up the wreckage. So far, the focus of the House leadership remains on those “targeted strikes” designed to put Democrats in a tough position heading into the 2014 elections. Less emphasis is placed on presenting to the country a Republican alternative to Obamacare. Price and Scalise both have their own conservative health care reform proposals, but the House leadership remains vague on a Republican vision for health care.

“We’ve been trying to coordinate, understand the challenges,” says McCarthy. “I think from our key plans, from our principles, we can work toward that and show the American public what we’re for.”

The American public may be asking Republicans what they’re for sooner than anyone expected.

Michael Warren is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.

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