A little more on repeal

There's a reason the Ezra Klein is an awesome widely-read blogger and I am not.  Here he explains exactly why repeal is a complete non-starter much more clearly and succinctly than my attempt:

Cornyn and his colleagues repeatedly said that they wanted to ban
discrimination on preexisting conditions during the debate and that
their argument was with all the other stuff. But all the other stuff,
Ponnuru says, flows from the ban on preexisting conditions. If you're
going to change the insurance market such that the sick can't be left
out, you have to make sure that the risk pool doesn't become so sick and
expensive that the healthy flee. That's why you do the mandate. And if
there's a mandate, there needs to be subsidies to make sure people can
afford what they're being asked to buy. And then of course, we need to
define what they're being asked to buy, and so you get minimum benefit
regulations.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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