Heritage: Gov't-run healthcare isn't a solution

Friday, November 9, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

waiting roomHealthcare will remain a big topic of conversation, regardless of which party controls which legislative chamber in Washington.

Marie Fishpaw, director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation's Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, says voters view healthcare as a quality-of-life issue, an intensely personal one to boot.

"It transcends a lot of the tribalism we've been seeing often on cable news," she says. "For the first time in a decade, congressional Democrats are really confident discussing healthcare and some people have tried to suggest that that's because Republicans tried and failed to repeal Obamacare."

And while Fishpaw concedes that is "part of the issue," she says "more generally it's part of the left trying to build the case for even more government-run healthcare."

Republicans – who at one time ran on the "repeal and replace" mantra – have just weeks to do something before the Democrats take over the House.

Fishpaw

"I would certainly encourage them to do so," says Fishpaw. "People are still suffering under Obamacare and we certainly need a replacement for that, [but] the left's solution for that is to replace Obamacare with government-run healthcare."

Rather than a "one-size-fits-all" program run by the government, Heritage would rather people have access to better choices.

"In the near term with the Senate, I'd love it if they would finish the job that the House began in 2017," Fishpaw continues. "I think it's more likely that we start to see a real conversation for the next two years about what the future of healthcare in our country looks like."

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