David Catron

David Catron is a health care consultant and frequent contributor to The American Spectator. You can follow him on Twitter at @Catronicus.

 

Why the GOP Is in No Rush to Repeal Obamacare

 

President Trump recently stated that he would like the House of Representatives to move forward on its revised Obamacare “repeal and replace” bill immediately after Congress returns from its spring recess. On Saturday, however, Speaker Paul Ryan announced that no vote was scheduled on the measure. The Trump administration would like to chalk up a […]

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Trump Should Stop Illegal Obamacare Subsidies Now

 

President Trump has an opportunity to unilaterally halt an unconstitutional corporate welfare scheme, deal Obamacare a mortal blow, and save the taxpayers more than $100 billion. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled last year that the Obama administration had unconstitutionally dispensed subsidies to insurers, holding that it had flouted the Appropriations Clause by doling out […]

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Can Dr. Price Cure Us of Obamacare?

 

Now that a perverse combination of political posturing, magical thinking, and media mendacity has ruined what was probably the last real opportunity to cure us of Obamacare, the most we can hope for is relief from the disease’s worst symptoms. Ironically, the most promising source of this palliative care is the authority ceded to the […]

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Why the Freedom Caucus Has Reopened Repeal Talks with Ryan and Trump

 

The most telling feature of Melissa Mackenzie’s post about the decision of House Speaker Ryan and President Trump to reopen negotiations with the “100-Percent-Of-Nothing” caucus is the New York Times report to which she refers. The Times claims, “House Republican leaders and the White House, under extreme pressure from conservative activists, have restarted negotiations on […]

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Who Owns Obamacare Now?

 

Otto von Bismarck famously said, “Politics is the art of the possible.” This is a reality that President Trump and the GOP congressional leadership understand. Sadly, a small clique of rigid ideologues constituting about 10 percent of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives is clearly ignorant of this fact. These people call themselves […]

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Disgusting: The Freedom Caucus Saves Obamacare Again

 

AHCA was pulled from the floor yet again this afternoon, and it now is probable that Obamacare will be the law of the land for years to come. This is an utter disaster for U.S. health care, not to mention individual liberty, and the responsibility rests squarely on shoulders of a small cadre of political […]

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Obamacare: It’s ‘Nut Cuttin’ Time for the GOP

 

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) has cleared three of the four committees whose approval it must have to be considered by the full House, and GOP leaders are confident enough in its prospects with the Rules Committee that a floor vote has been scheduled for Thursday. In other words, the time for posturing at […]

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My Response to David Hogberg: Is GOP Repeal Bill Doomed?

 

David Hogberg takes issue with a piece I wrote last week titled, “Obamacare Repeal: The Dangers of Unrealistic Expectations.” He begins by questioning my charge that AHCA’s critics have made the perfect the enemy of the good: As much as I admire Catron, I think he’s wrong here. Consider an analogy where the health care […]

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How and Why Obamacare Repeal Will Succeed

 

The tsunami of criticism that greeted last week’s introduction of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was probably inevitable, considering the questionable character of some career politicians, the liberal inclination of the legacy media, and the hopelessly convoluted maze of mandates, taxes, and regulations that is Obamacare. Even honest observers got important details of AHCA […]

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Obamacare Repeal: The Dangers of Unrealistic Expectations

 

From the moment the GOP released the American Health Care Act, the first iteration of what will evolve into Obamacare repeal and replace legislation, conservatives have been griping. The editors of Investor’s Business Daily sum up the general reaction of the right thus: “Republicans have labored to produce plan that replaces ObamaCare with…. ObamaCare.” Interestingly, […]

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