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Bridget Johnson


January 31, 2014 - 6:34 am

Months after the Obamacare rollout, Republican Senate leaders are soliciting ideas from GOP governors about alternatives to the healthcare law as written.

“We believe this law is flawed beyond repair, and the only true solution is to repeal Obamacare,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) wrote to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, chairman of the Republican Governors Public Policy Committee. “But that’s not enough. Obamacare must be replaced with reforms that Americans support. We have advocated some of these types of reforms for many years, approaches like insurance policies tailored to those with pre-existing conditions, promoting wellness and reining in junk lawsuits.”

The senators said they hope for thoughts on “policies to replace Obamacare with commonsense, step-by-step reforms,” indicating that they’re amenable to a piecemeal approach to chip away at the law after many failed attempts (about 40 in the House alone) to repeal it.

Recognizing “that Washington is not the only repository of good ideas — far from it,” the trio said they’ve hoping that, like welfare reform and tax reform were policy innovations that came from the states first, the governors can help them with a viable repeal and replace.

“As Republicans, we believe that Washington works best when it listens more, and lectures less,” the letter says. “That is why we write . . . to ask Republican governors to share with us how Obamacare is impacting your states and solicit your thoughts on how we can work together on policies to replace Obamacare with commonsense, step-by-step reforms that will lower costs and increase access to care.”

“That’s why we want to work with you to develop our best ideas together, and show Americans who are frustrated and fearful of Obamacare that there is a better way.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Really? Really??

If they ever had any serious intent of repealing Obamacare and/or replacing it with something that is not an attack on the American people; those questions would have been asked years ago. This is a distraction trying to convince the Republican base [who watched the Institutional Republicans attack Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for opposing Obamacare] that they really want to stand up against Obama, while what they really want is to pass Permanent Open Borders, Amnesty, and Preferential Citizenship for anyone NOT born here.

I am reminded of a now discredited medical treatment common in the 1800's that involved insufflation of tobacco smoke to the nether regions.

Subotai Bahadur
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This is just a pro forma exercise, designed to appease conservatives.

The RINO's forcing through an amnesty bill, thus betraying the American People, will put paid to any possible hope the RINO's have of controlling both houses of Congress.
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