The Resurgent is counseling Republicans that the GOP shouldn’t just talk about repealing Obamacare: “Talking in the affirmative on health care includes in part advocating for policies that empower individuals to choose a health care plan that fits their needs, increasing competition with the purchase of health care plans across state lines, incentivizing health care savings accounts, and allowing individuals to both take a new job and keep their current coverage. The end goal of these and other conservative reforms is to help control the cost of health care. If you’re not talking about the cost of care, you’re bypassing voters’ top priority on this issue.”
Jonathan Schanzer sounds an alert about a troubling alliance as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Tehran. “The U.S. Treasury warned Turkey today that Iran ‘is not open for business.’ However, countries are undeniably lining up to do business with Tehran. With Turkish officials openly acknowledging new economic benefits to reap as a result of sanctions relief from the [interim Iran deal], Erdogan’s visit may signal that Turkey has opted to swim with the current.”
The Hill gives us a warning, “When President Obama steps to the podium in front of the Speaker’s chair Tuesday night, the speech he delivers will contain the most liberal promises and activist rhetoric of his presidency, progressives hope and Republicans worry. Liberals say both good policy and electoral logic dictate a sharp move left. They do not want to hear him seeking compromise ahead of midterm elections that are likely to be decided on turnout.”
A tip: Don’t plagiarize. “Stephen Glass—the disgraced New Republic journalist who fabricated dozens of reports and was the subject of the film Shattered Glass, a chronicle of said fabrications—was denied a license to practice law in the state of California on Monday.” Well, he can always run for Congress.
When a Democratic president gets advice from the New York Times to watch the statism, he’s is in real trouble. “Whatever President Obama has accomplished, he has made little headway on the goal he values most: government action to lift long-term economic prospects for average Americans.”
Yuval Levin gives helpful guidance in unpacking an Obamacare alternative offered by three senators. “The senators’ proposal in some respects builds on ideas that have been in various Republican proposals before (including the American Health Care Reform Act, proposed last year and co-sponsored by a majority of House Republicans), but it goes further and probably amounts to the most promising conservative health reform we have yet seen from Republican politicians. Its basic structure involves a version of the combination of reforms that James Capretta (for instance in this National Affairs essay with Robert Moffit) has been laying out in some detail in recent years, and which other conservatives (including Ramesh Ponnuru and myself) have pointed to: It would repeal Obamacare and instead address the key particular deficiencies of our health-care system in a way that enables more Americans to be genuine consumers and that employs actual competition among insurers and providers (giving them real freedom to shape products and business models) to restrain costs while expanding coverage. ” Read the whole thing.
If only the White House could take a suggestion. “On executive action, if the president wants to move quickly to create jobs why not take that pen today and approve the Keystone pipeline?”