KNIGHT: Feeling the pain and assigning the blame

Rather than bail out Obamacare, Republicans must prepare their alternative

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Second, dust off those good ideas for free-market health care reform that were ignored or trampled by the media in their single-minded pursuit to jam Obamacare down America’s throat. Doing nothing is not an option after Obamacare collapses. There is real pain and suffering out there among people who lack insurance, which is why Obamacare became attractive to so many.

Dr. Ben S. Carson has made an eloquent case in his column in The Washington Times for the power of health savings accounts and other ways to remove the middleman between doctors and patients. Other GOP ideas include flat and universal tax credits for coverage, tort reform, sales of insurance across state lines and reform of Medicaid, giving states more flexibility to ensure coverage of the poor.

Access can be improved without wrecking the system we already have.

Here’s some free campaign advice for Democrats, which is much simpler: “Obama who?”

Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.

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