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

Dean Clancy
Vice President of Public Policy, FreedomWorks
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.

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