Released this week, Philip Klein‘s new book delves into the often confusing and always politically charged topic of Obamacare, and in particular the various Affordable Healthcare Act replacement approaches under discussion by Republicans. Klein is the commentary editor of The Washington Examiner and is considered one of the leading conservative voices on health care policy.
Overcoming Obamacare: Three Approaches to Reversing the Government Takeover of Health Care tackles the question ‘can Obamacare be repealed’ but Klein doesn’t stop there, urging that repeal alone isn’t enough and opponents of Obamacare must come to an alternative agreement on healthcare. It’s Klein’s conclusion that repealing Obama’s signature legislation will still leave Americans with a “broken health care system.”
Klein is concerned, however, that Republicans have offered so many alternative plans that it has created a disagreeable environment within the GOP:
“Many of the differences among the competing proposals within the right-of-center health care policy community are [rooted] in a principled disagreement over what the appropriate role is for government in the first place,” writes Klein.
From the back cover:
Obamacare’s opponents have been attacked for protesting the sweeping healthcare law without offering an alternative. The reality is they have many alternatives – but just haven’t agreed on a single one.
Klein proves his point using analysis of Obamacare alternatives based on his years covering the health care debate.
The book explores 3 different mentality groups, each claiming their direction is the best alternative. They include the reform school which is composed of those who think repeal is unrealistic and hence would prefer to amend the Affordable Care Act to be more market-oriented; the replace school which seeks full repeal but only if an alternative is set in place; and finally the restart school which advocates totally scrapping government healthcare and allowing the free market to dictate associated costs of healthcare.
Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation director Nina Owcharenko also contributed to the book.
Book Opposition to Obamacare is stronger than ever, but critics of the law will need to unite around an alternative if they want to move the nation’s health care system in a free market direction. In Overcoming Obamacare, the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein, one of the leading conservative health care writers, takes readers inside the fierce debate on the right on how to overhaul the health care system in the wake of Obamacare. Drawing on eight years of experience reporting on the issue, dozens of interviews with prominent health policy experts, and conversations with Republican political leaders including Bobby Jindal and Paul Ryan, Klein articulates a free market vision for health care and presents three competing paths to getting there. Whether you’re a conservative fighting to repeal Obamacare or a liberal wondering how Republicans may go about unraveling it, this book is a must read.
You can read a few dozen pages of the book on Amazon for free:
In an article dated January 12 titled Repealing Obamacare is not enough Klein reiterates his opinion, stating Republicans are now in a better place to offer alternatives and should be moving quicker to get legislation in place due to pending Supreme Court decisions which could invalidate much of the current healthcare law:
The GOP now has full control of Congress, giving the party more power to set the policy agenda.
Additionally, the Republican presidential campaign will provide an opportunity for leading figures within the party to hash out ideological differences when it comes to healthcare policy.
Adding further urgency is that a Supreme Court decision expected by late June could invalidate Obamacare subsidies for millions of Americans. If Republicans don’t have an alternative ready, congressional leaders will be under tremendous pressure to pass a simple “fix” that would allow the subsidies to continue to flow, thus further entrenching Obamacare before a Republican president theoretically is able to act in 2017.