Repealing the whole of Obamacare in the American Health Care Act was never an option, according to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. Virtually every Republican has run on a full repeal of Obamacare since 2010 — not the half-assed repeal that is the American Health Care Act. And yet …
And now, a glimpse into our possible future, courtesy of deep blue California. And when I say "deep blue," I mean so blue that the Republican Party didn't even qualify a statewide candidate for the general election ballot in the 2016 US Senate race.
The effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has now moved to the United States Senate, where our elected representatives have the important responsibility of improving upon the American Health Care Act—the reform legislation that passed the House a few weeks ago.
I found a lovely post on health care full of wild ideas at market-ticker.org. You may not agree with all the proposals -- wild even by my standards. But it is full of interesting detail on what's wrong with the microeconomics of health care delivery, as opposed to the usual focus on health insurance, and who pays, ignoring the vast dysfunction of the underlying market.
Whatever one thinks of the recent health care bill passed by the House of Representatives, one of my biggest disappointments is the lack of discussion of supply-side initiatives among even health economists who know many of the facts.
Holman Jenkins and Cliff Asness have worthy commentaries on the health insurance reform effort. Jenkins has quite a few fresh thoughts. He also gets the incurable optimist award for viewing the bill as the "inklings of a salvation" for America’s health-care system. It's possible. Whether it is likely depends on your views of the political process.
The Working Group on Health Care Policy devises public policies that enable more Americans to get better value for their health care dollar and foster appropriate innovations that will extend and improve life.