Healthcare Needs Fixing, Not Overhauling (Townhall.com) January 25, 2011Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
Tags: Healthcare Reform
With the House repeal of Obamacare, and 27 states challenging its constitutionality in the courts,
perhaps it’s time to say what we need instead. The answer, which several of us have suggested from the beginning, is targeted fixes, not federal overhaul.
Although 80 percent of Americans say they like their present healthcare, there are 2 or 3 problems most people agree need to be addressed:
· Portability and the removal of state boundaries to create a national market;
· Increased cost;
· The uninsured.
The best solutions involve opening up markets, while giving consumers better information and more responsibility to make the hard tradeoffs and decisions. For the uninsured, direct assistance through tax incentives or aid, will be better than government-created markets.
Obamacare clearly overreached—and it’s time to pull back.
Recovering the Constitution (Townhall.com) January 24, 2011Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
One favorable development in Washington is Congress’s newfound interest in
the Constitution. First, they read it on the House floor and then required that all bills identify “as specifically as practicable the power…granted to Congress in the Constitution to enact the bill….”
This may be symbolic, but it is powerful symbolism. First it reminds Congress itself that we have a federal government of limited and enumerated powers.
Second, it reinforces that all the branches of government own the Constitution, not just the judiciary. The idea that the Constitution means what the Supreme Court says it means was decided by the Supreme Court itself. Congress and the President also take an oath to uphold the Constitution and they should have their oar in that water.
What Will Conservatives Do About Education? (Townhall.com) January 8, 2011Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.
What will the new Republican majority do about federal education policy?
Under Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” and Obama’s “Race to the Top” programs, more and more education policy and money is now centered in Washington. But the clear message of the fall elections was that Washington is not the answer.
Republicans should take a hard look at the approach of Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and others, who said the federal role in education should be diminished, not expanded.
And the states could be more courageous about this too—only Governor Rick Perry of Texas stood up to the feds and refused their education money, knowing all the strings that came with it.
Here’s a chance for the new Republican majority in the House and in the statehouses to make a stand: education is—or ought to be—a state and local matter.