The 2014 '30 Under 30'

Congrats to this year's 30 -- check out the full list here!

Health Care Reform and Obamacare Are Not Synonyms

Last weekend Mitt Romney left grasping liberals and panicky conservatives aghast over some harmless Obamacare musings on Meet the Press. Those who are upset with what Romney said not only equated the generic term “health care reform” with Obamacare, but they failed to accurately and thoroughly grasp the entirety of his statement.

When David Gregory asked Romney what he would do with some of the more popular provisions of Obamacare, Romney replied, “I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place.”

The media went crazy. First John Roberts, now Mitt Romney. Everywhere conservatives are wiping the scales from their eyes to behold the glories of Obamacare!

The Hill’s Brent Budowsky trumpeted, “Romney praises and endorses ObamaCare key achievements! Because of President Obama’s leadership, and now with Gov. Romney’s full support, folks with pre-existing conditions will be covered by insurance, and countless kids will be covered by the insurance of their parents.”

Other liberals assumed Romney was clumsily flip-flopping. Steve Benen on MSNBC’s The Maddow Blog claimed that Romney was “trying (and failing) to Etch-A-Sketch on health care.”

CNN chided Romney’s “tap dance around Obamacare.” Froma Harrop caroled that “Romney Suffers From Pre-existing Positions.” (Next liberals will be tittering, “Romney Suffers From Premature Articulation.”)

There’s just one problem: Romney never actually said any of the things the media have accused him of saying.

Note what Romney said: “There are a number of things that I like in health care reform,” not “There are a number of things that I like in Obamacare.”

Romney said, “[There are things] that I’m going to put in place,” not “[There are things] that I’m going to keep [from Obamacare].”

Romney said, “I’m not getting rid of all of health care reform,” not “I’m not getting rid of all of Obamacare.”

“Health care reform” and “Obamacare” are synonymous only in Democrats’ stunted imaginations.

Any laissez-faire capitalist knows that there are free-market ways of achieving the health care provisions Romney cited without unleashing a leviathan like Obamacare on the nation.

Denial of coverage based on preexisting conditions doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition, as Obamacare makes it. Coverage can be pinned to requirements that policyholders meet by acting responsibly before they lose insurance. Under our current system, people with preexisting conditions can legally receive coverage for months after a job loss if they have maintained insurance up to that point, and can then transfer their insurance intact to a new employer.

Coverage for those with preexisting conditions can be made limited or partial—depending on the consistency with which one has retained coverage in the past—rather than entirely paid for or entirely denied.

Individuals without insurance can enter high-risk pools that require higher premiums, but give coverage for costly care resulting from preexisting conditions.

There are a million ways the health insurance industry and its potential customers can experiment with coverage policies.  Such plans require the sustained focus and rational choice of numerous actors free from one-size-fits-all legislative mandates—which is why a big-government statist like Obama will do everything in his power to prevent such arrangements from ever being established.

Note that most media outlets omitted the closing sentence of Romney’s remarks: “I also want individuals to be able to buy insurance, health insurance, on their own as opposed to only being able to get it on a tax advantage basis through their company.” Such an innovation would help resolve the problem of denial of coverage for preexisting conditions, because it would increase health insurance portability for those who move from being employed to unemployed or self-employed.

Over the past four years, conservative politicians who find it intuitively obvious that government should stay out of health care have found themselves forced to promote “health care reform” policies so liberals can’t accuse them of “not caring.”

But there are plenty of health care reform proposals that would reduce government intervention and free up the private market’s creative forces. This is what conservatives have been defending when they talk about health care reform—not raiding Medicare to let 26-year-old basement-dwellers stay on their parents’ insurance.

Perhaps Romney should be clearer in distinguishing between free market reforms and government mandates. But sorry, Democrats—our nominee, like a majority of Americans, will remain opposed to Obamacare until the day it’s repealed.

 

Comments

Comments

  1. Republicans would have us believe Obamacare is bad for America. Is there any doubt that a Romney administration would favor the rich and increase the income gap in our country while leaving millions of our citizens uninsured and unprotected? Mitt is a pariah in Mormon Clothing and will stop at nothing to expand an empire of greed for the rich in this country. Can his sacred Mormon underwear gain him enough donations to buy this election? See for yourself as Mitt dons his tighty-whities sent from the Good Lord Himself at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html

Polititainment

Obama channels Chris Rock

Discussing a tax loophole that businesses exploit in order to avoid paying United States taxes, the president made a distinction between that which isn't right and that which just "ain't right."

Colbert mocks Palin for Internet channel

In an attempt to mock Sarah Palin for her recently launched Internet television channel, Stephen Colbert on Tuesday's episode of "The Colbert Report" introduced his own competing web show called "Stephen Colbert's Angry Echo Chamber."

Fallon imagines President Biden
During his show Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon took a look at the pros and  cons of a potential Joe Biden presidency. He left it to the viewers to decide, but pointed out some critical flaws to putting Biden in the Oval Office. “Pro: for Secretary of State, he’ll pick someone who is fluent in several […]
Jon Stewart ridicules John Kerry

Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" Monday made fun of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his inability to negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas after a 12-hour ceasefire between the two expired.

'True Blood' star takes on Sarah Palin

Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays vampire Pam Ravenscroft on the HBO program, hit back at the former governor of Alaska for criticizing a recent episode.

White House

New emails reveal Lois Lerner talked way too much smack about right wing on official phone

An email exchange between Lois Lerner and an unnamed individual made public Wednesday reveals that the former IRS official doesn't care too much for talk radio.

Fact check needed on Obama’s Kansas City speech, states with minimum wage increases didn’t see higher job growth
It’s time for a fact check on the president’s latest proclamation about the need for an increase to the minimum wage. President Barack Obama continued his tour across America Wednesday with a speech on the economy in Kansas City, Miss. and meals with more letter writers. Per usual, Obama brought up his attempts to bring […]
Golfer finds Obama’s golf ball in the woods, says president’s game is ‘off line’
President Barack Obama is “off line again.” Or at least his golf game appears to be. Instagram user larrydoh posted a picture of a Titleist 44 golf ball labeled “POTUS” on Saturday. He found the golf ball at the Congressional Country Club, one day after POTUS played the same course himself. “Obama played at Congressional […]
Polls: Obama White House incompetent at managing, worse than Darth Vader

The job of the administrative branch is to, well, administer the laws. According to a new Fox News poll released on Wednesday, most Americans think that the Obama administration is failing dismally at the task.

Obama wants ‘idealism and optimism’ for millennials in face of Congressional ‘crisis,’ refuses to recognize he is part of the problem
Now that “hope and change” seems to be played out, President Barack Obama has come up with a new catchphrase for millennials – “idealism and optimism.” In a speech at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Seattle, Wash. Tuesday night, Obama asked young people not to give up their natural idealism and optimism because of […]

Congress

DWS admits Obama is not doing his job
We never thought we would say this, but Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz just said something we actually agree with. Moments before the House vote on a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, Schultz appeared on MSNBC and admitted that Obama hasn’t been doing his job. “I’m going to go to the House floor and actually debate why […]
Cruz provides motivation to youth in speech

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) provided motivation to an audience of students from across the country Tuesday, saying that young people have been behind almost “every significant change” in human history.

Boehner calls impeachment talk a Democrat 'scam'
Politicians from both parties have been talking a lot about the “I-word” — impeachment. Although everyone from Harry Reid to Sarah Palin has mentioned impeachment, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made it clear Tuesday that House Republicans don’t intend to impeach. “This whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president’s own staff — and coming from Democrats […]
Rand Paul and Cory Booker continue their bromance
Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have formed a bipartisan bromance in the U.S. Senate. Now, they’ve taken it to Twitter. Both senators were honored as one of the The Hill’s 2014 50 most beautiful list, which was released Tuesday. Paul wasted no time extending congratulations to Booker via Twitter. Congrats to my […]
GOP Rep introduces marijuana medical oil bill
A Republican congressman announced a bill Monday that would legalize therapeutic hemp and a marijuana oil for medical use. The Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), would remove cannabidiol (CBD) oil and therapeutic hemp from the federal definition of marijuana. Anecdotal evidence has shown that children with severe seizure disorders […]