The Glass-Is-Full Perspectives: Positive Thoughts On The Measure
Some columnists offer a different line of thinking about the American Health Care Act, why it should be viewed as a step forward and how its policy implications should already be playing out.
House Bill Delivers On Our Promises
There is a fundamental — and urgent — choice at the heart of this debate. We can continue with the status quo under Obamacare. We know what that looks like. It means even higher premiums, even fewer choices, even more insurance companies pulling out, even more uncertainty, even more chaos. Look at what has happened in Iowa this week. As is the case in so many areas in this country, Iowa is down to one insurer. That is not a choice. (Paul Ryan, 5/4)
The Wall Street Journal:
Ending ObamaCare, Part One
The media template for covering the 115th Congress apparently goes like this: When Republicans fail to pass a bill, they’re doomed. But when they succeed, they’re also doomed. Thus the same media sages who said the House could never repeal ObamaCare are now saying that the replacement the House passed Thursday can’t pass the Senate. (5/4)
The Washington Post:
My Son Has A Preexisting Condition. He’s One Of The Reasons I Voted For The AHCA.
Hearing late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue this week about his son’s condition and his family’s experience in the moments after his birth, I had a flashback to the day my son was born and we learned he had Down syndrome. (Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 5/4)
Lexington Herald Leader:
Kentucky Health Insurance Market In Death Spiral
Although on the chopping block during President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, very little of the Affordable Care Act will change. Despite ACA remaining intact, Kentucky’s insurance market is getting weaker and will likely see dramatic premium hikes and fewer insurance options for Kentuckians in the future. Welcome to the Kentucky death spiral. It is not a new rollercoaster but a reaction to individual incentives set up by ACA. (Aaron Yelowitz, 5/3)
Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Ohio Should Bar New Enrollees In Expanded Medicaid
Today, Columbus has an opportunity and an obligation to do what's right -- after all, unlike Washington, when Ohio runs out of money, we can't just print or borrow more. And in a state with stagnant population increases and private sector growth lagging behind half the nation, ignoring the glaring warning signs about our current fiscal trajectory doesn't constitute a plan, it's a blueprint for disaster. (Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), 5/4)