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To Repeal Obamacare, You Need to Replace It


By John Feehery

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“Supreme Court US 2010″ by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States – Roberts Court (2010-) – The Oyez Project. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

The Roberts Court has ruled twice that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. So that debate is pretty much over. The law isn’t going to be thrown out by the judicial branch. The legislative branch better get to work if it wants to see it removed.

You can’t beat something with nothing. If Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, they need to replace it with something that works better, that is easier to understand, and that will lead to better prices and higher quality for consumers. (more…)

The Center Holds on Trade


By John Feehery

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“111th US Senate class photo” by U.S. Senate, 111th Congress, Senate Photo Studio – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Drudge calls it Obamatrade. The Huffington Post claims that the Democrats “caved” on trade.

Ted Cruz voted no, at the last second, blaming the Export Import bank. Seems like everything under the sun can be blamed on Ex-Im bank. Maybe Mr. Cruz will link the bank to climate change next.

Brietbart claims that the trade pact includes secret language on immigration. Elizabeth Warren claims that it includes secret language to repeal Dodd-Frank. (more…)

The Confederate Battle Flag Belongs In a Museum


By John Feehery

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“Confederate Rebel Flag” by William Porcher Miles (1822-1899) (Vector graphics image by Crotalus horridus). This vector image was created with Inkscape. – SVG adapted from this image. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s easy for me to say it.

I am from Illinois. I was taught, growing up, that Abe Lincoln was America’s greatest President and that the Civil War was a noble cause to keep the Union together and to rid the nation of the ugly stain of slavery.

So, for me, it’s a no-brainer. The Confederate Battle Flag belongs in a museum, not outside any State Capitol. (more…)

On the Coming Encyclical of Pope Francis on Climate Change


By John Feehery

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“Pope Francis among the people at St. Peter’s Square – 12 May 2013″ by Edgar Jiménez from Porto, Portugal – Papa rock star. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I like Jeb Bush and I want him to be President.

But when he says about the Pope’s coming encyclical on climate change, “ I think religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting in the political realm,” he is being completely disingenuous.

And despite Jesus’s admonition to “Give what belongs to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar and that which belongs to God to God”, the idea that the Pope should butt out of issues like climate change is non-sense. (more…)

Trumping Trump?


By John Feehery

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“Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore 3″ by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

Donald Trump is a brilliant marketer, a peerless self-promoter, a smart businessman–and a political disaster. His presidential campaign might be amusing, but it would not be serious.When should a billionaire run for president?

Still, his entry into the race could cause serious problems for the Republican Party.

Mr. Trump channels the frustration and fears of an angry GOP electorate. These voters question Barack Obama’s citizenship, as does Mr. Trump. They hate immigrants, and he spews anti-immigrant rhetoric. They say anything that comes to mind, as does he. (more…)


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