There are several steps lawmakers can take short of full repeal. Perhaps the most straightforward is to simply not fund key provisions of the law. Use the Boland Amendment of the 1980s as a guide. Congressional appropriators can add basic language to future legislation that says something like: "No funds appropriated herein shall be used for ." and spell out whatever provision they wish to address.
Another way to block Obamacare: use legislative triggers to stop or delay certain provisions from taking effect. Take advantage of the Congressional Review Act, for example, which allows Congress to halt onerous rules and regulations before they can harm sectors of the economy.
Stopping Obamacare, however, is only half the battle. Genuine health care reform is needed. It's time, Owcharenko writes, to "put the country on the right path toward market-based health care change that gives people better choices and allows them to control their health care dollars -- and to compel health plans and providers to deliver high quality care at competitive prices."
That means, among other things, providing tax relief to all individuals to buy the insurance that they want, no matter where they work. It means eliminating legal barriers that prevent Americans from buying health plans across state lines, encouraging new group-purchasing arrangements, and improving consumer-directed options such as health savings accounts.
In short, it means putting Americans in charge of their own health care. Full repeal is the only prescription that makes sense.
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