Congress must begin replacing Obamacare – now

July 7, 2015

by Nick Novak

Originally published by The Washington Times.

Until quite recently, it seemed like a common understanding that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down one of the most critical portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Liberal groups were employing scare tactics to encourage governors to set up state-based exchanges. Conservative groups were ready on every front to defend the Court’s decision that would have instantly forced millions of people to pay the true cost of the insurance they purchased through Obamacare.

Congress even had a plan that would almost immediately have started to scale back the ACA – likely bringing down health care costs at the same time. It was seemingly like the dream of a conservative activist who had fought against Obamacare for years. It was finally going to happen: President Obama’s signature law would be found unconstitutional because of a clear overreach of power.

Then, on June 25, six of the nine Supreme Court Justices delivered a ruling on King v. Burwell. Their decision – like an alarm clock waking the conservative activist from his dream – immediately brought the country back to the reality that the only way to eradicate Obamacare is to repeal and replace it.

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