We don’t have to go back to the old insurance industry monopoly of the past if Obamacare is scrapped. Now that the nation is engaged and better informed, an upside of this debacle, let’s have a real debate about real reform.
Perhaps a bit deviously, conservative Peggy Noonan writes that “the trauma of the past few weeks will likely, and ironically, leave Americans more open to a simple single-payer approach — but they [Democrats] should give up on ObamaCare. And they should always call it that, to distance their own future programs from it.”
Liberal columnist Eugene Robinson says Obamacare could still work but acknowledges “Obama’s keep-your-insurance concession may further depress enrollment, as some people choose to stick with their cheap, no-frills coverage rather than upgrade to more comprehensive care through the exchanges. Lobbyists for the insurance industry warned Thursday that if fewer young, healthy adults buy policies than originally projected, rates will have to increase for everyone else.”
The Chicago Tribune: “In this country we don’t change bad laws by presidential fiat. We change them by having Congress rewrite them or by starting from scratch. Obama doesn’t want to reopen this law for fear that Republicans and some Democrats will substantially rewrite it. But that’s what has to happen.”
Washington Post’s Ezra Klein: “Obama’s frustration runs deep. At this point, he realizes that HealthCare.gov’s problems don’t just threaten his poll numbers. They threaten his core political project.”