Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, does a poor job of hiding his anti-health care bias in this article. He frequently refers to “Obamacare regulations” as the driving negative force inside of the Affordable Care Act. He never clearly identifies exactly which regulations are the problem, but rather uses the phrase to make blanket accusations and dire pleas for full repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
If we had to guess which regulations bother Mr. Cannon the most, and we do because he does not say, where would start? What about the ACA regulation that prevents Americans from being denied health insurance because of preexisting conditions? What about the ACA regulation that removes the cap on lifetime benefits? What about the ACA regulations that benefit Medicare participants and extend the solvency of Medicare?
“Regulations” are always bad in the GOP/libertarian universe, but what Mr. Cannon is referring to as regulation is actually what most Americans like best about the Affordable Care Act. What Mr. Cannon’s piece reflects is the Republican desire to increase profits for insurance companies and put more money in the pockets of their wealthy donors. This is such an important republican goal that they have little regard of the increase burden that achieving it will put working class Americans.