The rules surrounding the “reconciliation” process have proven a key obstacle to Republicans’ effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Bills advanced under reconciliation can’t be filibustered — which is key when there are only 52 Senate Republicans — but under the “Byrd rule,” …
A National State of Non-Emergency
Blame Joe Biden.
Once upon a time, many years ago, Joe Biden labored under the charming delusion that he might someday be elected president of these United States. His ambitions came to nothing — a little less than that, in fact — …
Today, an Easily-Overlooked Vote on Choice in Veterans Health Care
Remember the Veterans Choice program, discussed in my recent article about reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs?
In 2014, in response to the scandal of veterans in Phoenix and other locations facing interminable waits for needed care, Congress and the …
Single-Payer Is Not around the Corner
In 1942, Franklin Delano Roosevelt inadvertently committed the original sin of American health care. Driven by a wartime economy, inflation had risen to an alarming 10 percent. Economic policy was a bit of a simpler game then, so Congress just passed a …
On Health Care, Bipartisan Dishonesty Is the Problem
The story of health-care policy this week, this month, and for the last decade (at least) has been a tale of partisan folly. But fear not, this isn’t another earnest pundit’s lament for the vital center to emerge, …
Scoring the Cruz Amendment
Last week, the Senate released a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which included a “Consumer Freedom Option” proposed by Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas). This would have repurposed the exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act as …
Is Rand Paul’s Health-Care Stance Really Based on Principle?
The greatest trick any politician can pull off is to get his self-interest and his principles in perfect alignment. As Thomas More observed in Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons, “if we lived in a State where virtue …
How Would Ronald Reagan Have Replaced Obamacare?
At the end of the day, the reason why Republicans are struggling to replace Obamacare is because there are deep divisions about what conservatives’ goals should be on health care.
The events of the past 24 hours are a good occasion …
Why Can’t Republicans Get Anything Done?
Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared in the July 31, 2017 issue of National Review.
Republicans don’t have many legislative wins to show for their control of the House, Senate, and White House. They have, it is true, confirmed Justice Neil …
Quick Points on Health Care
Earlier this year, the Democrats had a taunt: that Republicans were like the dog that caught the car. Now what?
The taunt turned out to be true.
#*#For a big change, you must marshal public support. You must rally the …
John McCain Is No Hypocrite
If you haven’t watched John McCain’s statement before the Senate on the need for Congress to address health care through its normal procedures, you should. It is a wonderful oration: blunt, powerful, and honest, buoyed by the public …
Donald Trump, Raging at His Own Cabinet
President Trump, discussing repealing Obamacare, February 28: “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated.”
A comment attributed to the president on infrastructure, earlier this week: “The president — echoing his ill-received remarks about repealing the Affordable Care Act — has …
Today, an Easily Overlooked Vote on Choice in Veterans Health Care
From the first Morning Jolt of the week, a look at maintaining veterans’ choices in health care, one of those things that Congress is doing that it seems almost no one is noticing, along with those new sanctions on Russia. (…
Weekend Jolt I: Welcome to the Weekend!
Welcome to our inaugural. The purpose of the WJ is simple: to keep you up to speed on National Review editorials and podcasts, to cite a few worthwhile reads here at NRO — and even some from friends, …
Turn Obamacare Over to the States
The Better Care Reconciliation Act failed to unite Senate Republicans and is suspended in limbo. There’s talk that Republicans might vote on a “pure repeal” bill that stands no chance whatsoever of passage and is a horrible policy idea …
You Can’t Save a Party From Itself.
From the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt:
They Fear Responsibility for Change More Than They Fear the Status Quo
You can’t save a party from itself.
I like Ohio Senator Rob Portman quite a bit. But there’s …
Trump Owns the Health-Care Failure
For any president, wading into the health-care debate is a risky proposition. Polling on every possible option confounds all logic. Americans overwhelmingly dislike the individual mandate and prioritize lowering the cost of health care over all other health problems in …
Moderate Republicans campaigned for years on repealing and replacing Obamacare, but a few of them balked at the first opportunity to do it. A few conservative Republicans refused to go along with health legislation that fell short of repeal, even …
The Obamacare Repeal Can, Kicked Down the Road, One More Time
After all this time, it increasingly appears impossible to get 50 Republican senators to agree on legislation to replace Obamacare.
Last night brought genuinely shocking news as two GOP senators, who up until now hadn’t appeared to be likely “no” …
What We Talk about When We Talk about Health Care
The debate over health care is characteristically — I almost wrote “uncharacteristically,” but then I gave it a few seconds of thought — dumb. A representative case: This New York Times article speculating that Ted Cruz’s proposal to allow …