Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La. slammed fellow conservatives who want to go easy on health care reform and not take a full on ‘repeal and replace’ approach to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, in a new op-ed published Sunday.
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Writing in Politico Magazine, Jindal points to the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case titled King v. Burwell.
The plain text of the ACA with regard to health care exchanges, he argues, applies to “only individuals purchasing coverage on an ‘exchange established by the state’ are eligible for federal insurance subsides – could cause disruption to individuals in the 36 states that did not establish a state exchange, and instead rely on the federally run healthcare.gov exchange.”
While Jindal agrees with the assertion that conservatives must present an alternative to Obamacare, he laments that some are not aggressive enough in their approach, specifically with regard to taxes.
Take one major issue related to Obamacare: taxes. The law is chock full of them – no fewer than 18 revenue raisers totaling over $1 trillion through 2022. Yet several alternative proposals being discussed by Republicans don’t actually repeal the law’s tax increases.
Instead, they repeal the law’s tax increases, only to replace them with new revenue hikes. So, rather than raise taxes by more than $1 million, as Obamacare did, these plans raise taxes by perhaps, say, “only” $500 billion.
Jindal references his own health care proposal he outlined last summer with his conservative policy group, America Next. The objective for health care reform according to the plan should be “easy for the consumer to be in control, and where government won’t get between you and your doctor.”
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The governor even calls out one conservative policy wonk, though not by name, for proposing an acceleration of the implementation of the Obamacare Cadillac plan tax.
So why talk about ‘conservative’ health care reform if our vision turns us into cheap liberals? Why complain that Obamacare is expanding welfare and dependency, only to propose a similar – albeit smaller – program that could well have the same effects?
If conservatives oppose Obamacare’s tax increases on the middle class, then why did one ‘conservative’ health adviser propose accelerating the law’s tax on health plans by phasing it in sooner.
The name of the policy wonk is Avik Roy, who made the proposal last November in Forbes. Roy made the suggestion along with other conservative proposals, including forcing the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to put its fiscal models online and repealing the Obamacare individual mandate.