Republicans should offer practical alternatives to Obamacare

As you know, I did not think the federal shutdown was a wise way to draw attention to Obamacare’s issues. Washington, D.C., is now past the turmoil of the shutdown and back to regular business, and the focus of the press has shifted to the many problems with the implementation of Obamacare.

The confrontation led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz accomplished little and diverted attention from the rollout’s problems, precisely at the time Republicans could have been highlighting smarter approaches to health care reform. The GOP cannot be the party merely of opposition but must offer its own solutions.

Sorry liberals, Obamacare’s problems go much deeper than the Web site

The public wanted reforms to our health care system, and while Republicans did not like Obamacare’s provisions, Congressional Republicans did not have, and continue not to have, a unified vision on health care reform to offer as an alternative. Our party does have a positive vision to offer in this debate, but it’s one that, in Congressional Republicans’ fractured state, has been better offered by Republican leaders in the states.

As Ezra Klein notes in the Washington Post (story previewed below), Obamacare’s problems go beyond mere technical glitches. They are systemic. That is an opportunity to highlight the need for administrative competence and demonstrate how a more measured approach could have benefited the nation. GOP governors have led on this issue. It’s time for Congressional Republicans to unite under solid, practical alternatives to Obamacare and give the public a positive vision.

— Rob McKenna

Read Ezra Klein’s blog in the Washington Post “Sorry liberals, Obamacare’s problems go much deeper than the Web site.”

There’s been a rash of commentary from some on the left who’ve decided that the real problem with Obamacare isn’t the crippling technological issues that have made it impossible for almost anyone to enroll in the federally run health-insurance exchanges but the media’s coverage of those problems.

It’s not the crime, it’s the lack of a cover-up.

The complaint takes different forms. Salon’s Joan Walsh frames it instrumentally. The coverage, she writes, “only aids [the] unhinged right.” In this telling, the problem with reporting on Obamacare’s problems is that it helps Obamacare’s enemies.

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Rob McKenna
Rob served two terms as Washington’s Attorney General, from 2005 to 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of consumer protections on the internet, in data protection and privacy regulation.