During the late 1970’s, a young congressman by the name of Jack Kemp from upstate New York began pushing for “across the board” tax cuts to cure the nation of its economic ills.
Unemployment was rampant, interest rates were sky high and the President of the United States -- Jimmy Carter -- described America as being in a state of “malaise.”
And Carter was right, his nonsensical economic policies and those of the Democrat-controlled Congress were punishing the job creators and productivity and rewarding Big Government at all levels.
But back to Jack Kemp….
He was a force of nature when it came to promoting what commonly came to be called “supply side economics” and later, legislatively “Kemp Roth.”
His economic ideas along with those of economists Art Laffer and Jude Wanniski were incorporated into then Governor Reagan’s campaign resulting in Kemp Roth becoming law and the nation experiencing unprecedented growth during the mid-eighties and nineties.
…Fast forward to February, 2014.
Once again we are seeing massive government overreach at all levels by President Obama and his administration and his Democratic allies in Congress.
It began on day one of his administration when he set out to “transform” America and to redesign one sixth of the economy (America's Healthcare system) into what only can be described as socialized medicine.
The outcome of this massive redistribution of wealth scheme has been confusion and chaos.
Just to review, the colossal failure of the roll out of Obama care website, higher premiums, cancelled policies, families and individuals no longer being able to go to the doctor of their choice and limited access to their healthcare networks.
And of course the lie of the century "If you like healthcare and your doctor you can keep them.”
Enter Senators Burr, Coburn and Hatch with common sense principals designed to fix the mess Obama and his cohorts have gotten us into.
The bill is called the “Obamacare Replacement Plan.”
It is in essence a legislative roadmap to fully repeal Obamacare.
Just to hit on the highlights the legislation would do the following.
First and foremost it would repeal Obamacare and instead focus on targeted reforms designed to lower costs and expand access to care.
The key to the Burr, Hatch and Coburn’s plan is choice and trust in the free market system.
It lets families and businesses make their own healthcare decisions.
It empowers us the customers to make our own choices on what plan and what doctors we want and need and takes the authority out of the hands of the federal government.
The “Obamacare Replacement Plan” also increases transparency, which is sadly lacking in the Affordable Care Act.
And with the introduction of this bill, Senators Burr, Coburn and Hatch have offered a serious and practical proposal to replace Obamacare with something much better for the American people.
And let’s not kid ourselves, this effort by three prominent Senators serves as another purpose, as that is as political rejoinder to Obamacare in the upcoming 2014 elections.
In other words it gives candidates running for federal office an answer to “what’s your solution?”
So as was the case with Kemp Roth, Burr, Hatch, and Coburn “Obamacare Replacement Plan” is not only good policy -- but it is good politics.
Marc Rotterman worked on the national campaign of Reagan for President in 1980, served on the presidential transition team in 1980, worked in the Reagan Administration from 1981-1984, is a senior fellow at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, NC and a former member of the board of the American Conservative Union.
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