A Big Week on Health Care in Washington


The health care debate continues to heat up this week.

A big vote in Congress on the Graham-Cassidy health care reform legislation is expected before Saturday, September 30. This is the deadline to pass repeal and replace legislation with just 50 votes (and Vice President Pence breaking the tie) under budget reconciliation rules. Following his big rally in San Francisco with the California Nurses Association on Friday, the debate over Senator Bernie Sanders’ single-payer legislation continues to gain steam.

Here are my thoughts on these two big health care proposals.

The New Obamacare Repeal Bill Could Lead to Single Payer Health Care

Last week, I wrote a column for Fortune analyzing the Graham-Cassidy plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

I wrote that there are some good things in the plan, such as its provisions to “nix Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates . . . (and its proposals) to rein in Medicaid’s out-of-control cost growth by phasing out Obamacare’s expansion of the program to those who make up to 138% of the federal poverty level and capping per-capita spending.”

However, I conclude that “it would cement large portions of Obamacare in place—and open the door to a government takeover of the health care system in many states.”

Click here to read my full column.

Bernie Sanders’ Socialized Health Care Plan is Even Worse Than Canada’s Health System

Recently, I wrote a column for the Washington Examiner on Sen. Sanders pointing to Canada as a model for his proposed single-payer system in America.

As I wrote, “The comparison should strike Americans as more than a little troubling. As a native of Canada, I’ve experienced the long wait times and rationed care of that country’s single-payer system. Sanders’ proposal would put even more power in the government’s hands than even the Canadian model. As such, it would subject Americans to even worse quality of care.”

Click here to read my full column.

Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

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