Charles Krauthammer shared his vision for enacting meaningful healthcare reform on Fox News Monday evening.
Responding to host Shannon Bream’s question about the GOP’s promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Krauthammer said “I think the time it comes back is in the fall when you get the new numbers; the new premiums coming out. They’re going to be much higher, there will be fewer choices, far more insurers are going to be withdrawing from the exchanges and they are going to be in a state of collapse.”
“At that point, I think that there will be an opportunity.”
“Here’s the irony,” he continued. “I think among the Republicans in the House, including the Freedom Caucus, there would have been a general consensus on what we would want to do, but the leadership decided to tailor the legislation to fit the niceties of the reconciliation rules in the Senate.”
“That makes no sense at all. Put everything in the bill, including what’s called the ‘Phase 3’ stuff that was supposed to come later. The stuff that conservatives want, that everybody really wants, including tort reform, including stripping out the coverage requirements which are largely irrational. Put all that in the bill, and if it turns out that in the Senate it needs 60 — well it’ll be the Democrats who have to filibuster, and let the country watch them deny them a reform of a collapsing system.”
“That seems to be the logical way to go,” Krauthammer concluded. “You may have to wait till the fall, but that’s what they have to do.”