Max Brantley of the Ark Times takes on Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute today concerning Obamacare

Max Brantley of the Ark Times takes on Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute today concerning Obamacare. I have posted many links to Cannon’s articles in the past on my blog and on the Arkansas Times liberal blog. The finest article written in my estimation was written on Nov 20, 2012 and here is a link to it. No one has acted like Cannon’s ideas had any chance of working out since the Arkansas Times Blog is made of primarily of Obama supporters.

Below is a portion of the post by Brantley followed by links to some of the past articles and videos by Cannon I have posted before.

The real reason Ark. Republicans oppose state-run exchange?

Posted by on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM

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  • Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute

Today’s the big day for states to decide whether they want to run their own health-insurance exchange or have the federal government do it. Arkansas opted earlier this week for a partnership. 

It looks like states will split pretty evenly across the country, with around 20 running their own exchanges, around 20 ceding control to the feds, and the rest opting for a partnership. There’s been a fair amount of fuss over this decision but it probably won’t impact consumers much one way or the other.

We’ve noted that it’s a bit curious that Republican lawmakers, usually strongly in favor of more state control, have led the charge against state-run exchanges.

In the runup to the deadline for the exchange decision, a few conservatives, like Douglas Holtz-Eakin — Director of the Congressional Budget Office under George W. Bush — started to make the ideologically coherent argument that, however much they hate Obamacare, states are better off with more control. Most movement conservatives strongly rejected these ideas.

Why? Conservatives are devoted to a give-no-quarter approach to Obamacare. Michael Cannon, the Cato Institute’s health-care point man, wrote recently in the National Review that accepting the law amounted to “Vichyism.”

And, they think, it’s not just lost causism. In addition to hoping that it will disrupt the smooth implementation of the law, Cannon wants states to say no to the exchange because he believes that a constitutional challenge can be raised against subsidies provided on the federal exchanges (the law doesn’t explicitly mention subsidies via a federal exchange because lawmakers anticipated that states would run the exchanges). The argument is pretty flimsy, but flimsy arguments have given proponents of the Affordable Care Act reason to sweat before.

The state of Oklahoma has already filed a lawsuit in federal court along these lines and the Wall Street Journal has also floated the idea. Here’s a good summary of Cannon’s Hail Mary play.

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Earlier posts about Michael Cannon’s works on Obamacare:

Can states stop Obamacare from becoming law in their states?

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The real truth about Obamacare can be seen on the www.thedailyhatch.org

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“Feedback Friday” Letter to White House generated form letter response June 15, 2012 on Healthcare (part 8)

I have been writing President Obama letters and have not received a personal response yet.  (He reads 10 letters a day personally and responds to each of them.) However, I did receive a form letter in the form of an email on June 15, 2012. I don’t know which letter of mine generated this response so I have […]

 

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