Watkins on How to Repeal ObamaCare

Image: Pete Souza

Image: Pete Souza

In his recent op-ed for Politix, Don Watkins paints potentially grim futureĀ for those wanting to repeal ObamaCare. He compares its history with that of Social Security, in which opposition from the right started with superficial objections and soon withered away almost entirely, such that now almost all Republicans openly endorse Social Security.

But repealing ObamaCare is not hopeless, Watkins writes, if those fighting for its repeal follow three main strategies: First, defend “the free market against those who would blame it for problems” caused by government. Second, distinguish “between an individual’s voluntary decision to support people and causes he cares about” from the moral premise “that a person’s need entitles him to support by others.” Third, “offer an inspiring moral alternative” of free markets and voluntary interactions between patients, doctors, and insurers.

Incidentally, the pdf of Watkins’s new book, Rooseveltcare: How Social Security is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance, is available for free online.