Two prominent GOP Presidential candidates have unveiled their health care reform plans, and they are more of the same. They even re-affirm key parts of Obamacare and keep federal control over health care intact.

Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the CATO Institute, recently wrote an op/ed the New Hampshire Union Leader about the latest, (but predictable) betrayal coming from this round of Presidential candidates:

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL candidates Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio have put forward plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. Unfortunately, their “replace” proposals are best described as “Obamacare lite.”

The centerpiece of both “replace” plans is a refundable tax credit for health insurance. Yet such tax credits already exist, in Obamacare. Also like Obamacare, the Walker/Rubio tax credits would allow Washington to decide how much coverage you purchase, penalize you if you don’t buy that government-defined plan, and conceal massive redistribution of income under the rubric of tax cuts.

Why bother repealing Obamacare, only to recreate its worst features?

Gov. Walker and Sen. Rubio, like all federal politicians, know it’s not in their best interest to limit their own power. They want tinker with Obamacare to keep it afloat in other forms, because of the windfall of profits for the well-connected health insurance lobby and the way it centralizes power in Washington D.C. That’s why no national politicians have the courage to tackle it, in spite of the political support to do so.

And even though federal politicians have proven their unwillingness to act, the fight isn’t over. Instead of relying on presidential candidates or the supreme court, we must look to the states.

Based on the legally binding anti-commandeering doctrine, our plan pulls the rug out from under Obamacare:

1) The ACA Anti-Commandeering Act: a broad bill covering the other four steps, and more.
2) Prohibit enforcement by the state insurance commissioner.
3) Ban the creation or operation of an exchange (already active in 36 states).
4) Ban Medicaid expansion.
5) Block the IRS’s illegal taxes.

Because Obamacare relies on so much state resources to properly function, this five-step plan would, as Judge Andrew Napolitano noted, “gut Obamacare” if it were implemented in a number of states.

Preserving health freedom begins with you. Call your state legislators and urge them to introduce any of all of our five part plan to defeat Obamacare today!

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