Staunch Conservative J.D. Kleinke Makes Conservative Case For Obamacare

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imageI must admit that I was not surprised that this op-ed from a Conservative coming out in support of Obamacare got so very little coverage in the mainstream media. After-all our Plutocracy has no desire to have an objectively informed populace as ignorance is the easiest way to keep a people oppressed and enslaved by their own choice.

J.D. Kleinke is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a former health care executive and the author of the novel “Catching Babies.” The American Enterprise Institute is a conservative think tank that was founded in 1943. As such, he does not have a liberal bone in his body.

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The Conservative Case for Obamacare

By J. D. KLEINKE – Published: September 29, 2012

IF Mitt Romney's pivots on President's Obama's health care reform act have accelerated to a blur – from repealing on Day 1, to preserving this or that piece, to punting the decision to the states – it is for an odd reason buried beneath two and a half years of Republican political condemnations: the architecture of the Affordable Care Act is based on conservative, not liberal, ideas about individual responsibility and the power of market forces.

This fundamental ideological paradox, drowned out by partisan shouting since before the plan's passage in 2010, explains why Obamacare has only lukewarm support from many liberals, who wanted a real, not imagined, “government takeover of health care.” It explains why Republicans have been unable since its passage to come up with anything better. And it explains why the law is nearly identical in design to the legislation Mr. Romney passed in Massachusetts while governor.

The core drivers of the health care act are market principles formulated by conservative economists, designed to correct structural flaws in our health insurance system – principles originally embraced by Republicans as a market alternative to the Clinton plan in the early 1990s. The president's program extends the current health care system – mostly employer-based coverage, administered by commercial health insurers, with care delivered by fee-for-service doctors and hospitals – by removing the biggest obstacles to that system's functioning like a competitive marketplace.



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