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August 15, 2011
Good News! Obamacare Suffers another Blow
By James Wilson

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday the 12th that Obamacare's "individual mandate" violates the Constitution. This mandate, which is the foundation of Obamacare, requires individuals to purchase health insurance.

The Supreme Court must now rule on this question, but we shouldn't have to wait for that. I sent a letter to Congress telling them to repeal Obamacare now.

The hard-wired message says simply, "Please repeal Obamacare."

I added these comments...

Uncertainty over what Obamacare will really cost companies is probably the major reason they're reluctant to hire new people. Repeal Obamacare quickly, and this uncertainty will disappear. Unemployment would probably fall instantly, and dramatically.

Repealing Obamacare is probably the best thing you could do to create jobs.

But that's not the only reason to repeal it.

Obamacare never had public support. It still doesn't. The American people hate it. Plus...

The "individual mandate" is an affront to a free society. It violates the Constitution. The 11th Circuit agrees, and the Supreme Court will probably agree too.

And if the individual mandate goes, so must the rest of Obamacare. The individual mandate was essential to the scheme, because Obamacare also requires insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. The only way companies could afford that is through the requirement that everyone has to buy their product. But that won't work if the court rejects the individual mandate.

This is a dangerous situation. If the Supreme Court kills the individual mandate, but not the whole of Obamacare, then the uncertainty companies face will grow. Job creation will remain stagnant.

America can't afford to wait for a Supreme Court ruling, and then for further Congressional action to clarify things after the ruling. Instead, Congress should "fix" the problems of Obamacare by repealing ALL of it now.

You should also take IMMEDIATE steps to make health care more affordable, which is the key to expanding access. You can do this by allowing INDIVIDUALS to choose for themselves, with their own money. Here are some ideas...

* Introduce legislation allowing Americans to buy health insurance from any provider in the country, not just those licensed in their own state. This will reduce premiums for nearly every American.
* Remove all tax and regulatory incentives that tie health insurance to employment. This will give individuals full ownership over their own health insurance policies. This would also reduce the risk that people will end up uninsured because they change jobs, which is especially important to those Americans who have a family member with a pre-existing condition.
* Transition Medicare to a true voucher program with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). People are always more prudent with their own money than they are when spending other people's money. Therefore, HSA's would reduce healthcare prices across the board.

Repealing Obamacare care now will help the economy immediately. It could also pave the way for more individual choice in healthcare. Choice would bring lowered costs, improved quality, and expanded access.

You can do better than Obamacare. Repeal it now. Then start over, using better ideas.

END LETTER

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