'Repeal' is not enough 

On Morning Joe today, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani made a point that is more subtle and I think more correct than the message of surrender and doom preached by the likes of David Frum.

When President Obama signs his signature health care bill into law a few hours from now, he will be trading a dysfunctional and excessively costly health insurance system that is crippling the economy for an even more dysfunctional and even more costly system that goes further to encourage rent-seeking by the drug and insurance industries that wrote and backed it.

Why in the world would Republicans promise to return from a horrible system to one that is only really, really bad? The correct answer is not just repeal, but real reform. Yes, any serious reforms will gut the bill that Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi just rammed through the House of Representatives, but not every line of the 2,000-plus page bill is bad. Some of Obama's changes, like the exchanges and the weakening of the employer-based system, could be good if they are taken out of the context of the larger bill.

Republicans' message should not be about restoring the overly expensive, patchy, half-government-run, employer-based insurance system we have now. It should be about preventing the great harm that ObamaCare will do to most Americans' insurance plans and quality of care when most of the changes take effect in 2014. Surely they can run on real reforms that don't involve slapping a tax on wheel chairs or hiring 17,000 new IRS employees to spy on Americans and make sure they are buying government-approved insurance plans.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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