Time to Kill ObamaCare for More Choice, More Competition

By: David Unsworth - @LatinAmerUpdate - Mar 6, 2017, 7:33 pm

Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute has been a formidable opponent of ObamaCare; so formidable, in fact, that he has been described by the New Republic as ObamaCare’s “single most relentless antagonist.” Along with Case Western Reserve Law School professor Jonathan Adler, he has provided the legal foundation for the Supreme Court case King v. Burwell, which questioned the legality of subsidies administered under the auspices of a federally run health insurance exchanges. In 2015, the court by a 6-3 decision, upheld ObamaCare.

In this interview, Cannon discusses the inherent problems with ObamaCare, explains his role in encouraging states to refuse to set up their own exchanges, and discusses the failure of Vermont’s single payer healthcare scheme.

He voices concerns regarding the Republicans current Repeal/Replace plans, which many have feared will result in “ObamaCare lite,” and takes aim at the Democrats for the disingenuous manner in which they implemented such provisions as the “Millennial Mandate” which obligates health insurers to cover children under their parents’ policies until the age of 26.

Cannon also shares his thoughts on the now-infamous words of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber, who generated a firestorm of controversy by referencing a “lack of transparency” and lampooning the “stupidity of the American voter” in relation to ObamaCare passage.

Libertarians and conservatives are presented with a blueprint for addressing the problems with ObamaCare, single payer healthcare, and socialized medicine.

Ultimately, he concludes that ObamaCare, in fact, offers less choice and less competition to American consumers, while obligating many Americans to buy expensive healthcare plans that they neither want nor need. Cannon suggests that a Balanced Budget Amendment is the key to taking money and power out of the hands of politicians, and returning it to the American citizens and taxpayers.

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David Unsworth is a Boston native. He received degrees in History and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis, and subsequently spent five years working in real estate development in New York City. Currently he resides in Bogota, Colombia, where he is involved in the tourism industry. In his free time he enjoys singing in rock bands, travelling throughout Latin America, and studying Portuguese.

Chile’s President Bachelet with 24% Approval Ratings after Forest Fires Crisis

By: Karina Martín - Mar 6, 2017, 4:07 pm

EspañolChile President Michelle Bachelet has lost significant popularity following the wildfires that ravaged the country the last two months. Bachelet's approval rating fell four points in February, according to the survey Adimark, meaning only 23 percent approve of her job in office. According to the study center, negative ratings of Bachelet's job in office could be due to the forest fires that affected the central and southern areas of the country over that time. Adimark also attributed the declining ratings to the controversial appointment of former Minister Javiera Blanco to the State Defense Council. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   Foreign Relations continues to receive the highest approval, with 57 percent. Energy and Education each have a 34 and 31percent approval rating. The areas with the worst ratings were Transantiago, Santiago's transportation system, at 16 percent and delinquency at 11 percent as well as corruption in state agencies which received eight percent. Read More: Colombians Increasingly Pessimistic About Government, FARC Deal, Political Class Read More: Colombian President Suggests There May not be Another Referendum on FARC Deal Regarding the upcoming presidential elections, Sebastián Piñera and Alejandro Guillier remain ahead of other contenders, according to the study. Piñera holds first place with 29 percent followed by Guillier with 25 percent. All other pre-candidates remain unchanged, with former president Ricardo Lagos in third place with four percent. Sources: Emol; BiobioChile; Capital; El Mostrador.

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