by Deroy Murdock July 7, 2017
And it just might help the Senate GOP repeal Obamacare. Republican senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Lee (Utah) have found a new cure for the GOP’s legislative dysfunction on Obamacare. They both have waved their pro-market pitchforks, early and often, even at the expense of Republican consensus. But their Consumer Freedom Option might unite the Senate’s fractious GOP majority behind Obamacare repeal and replacement.
“The Consumer Freedom Option simply says that if an insurance company sells in a given state a plan that is consistent with the Title I mandates,” Cruz told Texas radio host Mark Davis, “that company can also sell any other insurance plan consumers desire. “What this will allow is, okay, fine. You want to keep your mandates? Knock yourself out with your mandates,” Cruz continued. “But, in addition to mandates, let’s let Texans buy the plans they want. Let’s let Texans buy the benefits they want, and let’s let them get lower prices, so that more families who are struggling can actually afford health insurance.”
“We’ve got to do something to reinject free-market forces into this environment,” Lee said Sunday on CBS’s Face the Nation. “If we can bring free-market forces to bear, we can bring down costs for middle Americans.” .........Read more