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Dean Clancy
Dean Clancy
Vice President of Public Policy, FreedomWorks

The Coburn-Burr-Hatch plan doesn’t deliver market-based health reform

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) (L) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) (R) walk to a Republican caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Republicans have long been in agreement about the need to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and replace it with a health-care reform package that employs free market methods to reduce costs and increase coverage. This is an admirable and indeed critical goal. But in the rush to avoid being portrayed as “the party of no,” it is important to recognize that there is a right way to replace ObamaCare, and a wrong way. The proposal authored by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and released as the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act (CARE) is a definitive example of the wrong way.

Let the IRS implement Obamacare? Are we nuts?

2:20 PM 05/28/2013

Revelations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for discriminatory treatment, and leaked confidential information about those groups to a left-wing outfit, ProPublica, should make us think twice about the White House’s plans to give the IRS even more authority — over our medicine cabinets.

States still have power to reject Obamacare

3:24 PM 12/05/2012

President Obama’s re-election may have seemed like a final victory for Obamacare, especially after the Supreme Court’s inexplicable decision last June to uphold the controversial law’s mandate on virtually all Americans to purchase health insurance. But we who cherish health care freedom aren’t giving up.

‘Mother, may I?’: Will Republicans fall for Wyden-Brown?

12:38 PM 03/01/2011

If liberals like Ezra Klein are right, yesterday's olive branch “compromise” offer by President Obama on his controversial health care law won't win any supporters among the law's opponents, because, in so many words, it comes from Mr. Obama himself, and they don't trust him enough to go for any "compromise" that he endorses.

Obamacare: Down, but by no means out

3:12 PM 02/01/2011

Yesterday, a federal judge in Florida declared unconstitutional Obamacare's mandate that all Americans purchase health insurance -- the linchpin of the unpopular law rammed through last March by congressional Democrats. If the mandate is ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court, Obamacare will unravel and Congress will have little choice but to reopen the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for amendment. That would enable us to reverse the government takeover and adopt a patient-centered approach.