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In this edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Research Fellow and Health Care News Managing Editor Michael Hamilton interviews Sally Pipes, executive director and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute about her plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Pipes laid out her plan in her newest book, The Way Out of Obamacare (Encounter, 2016). Pipes’ mercifully slim, and crystal clear, paperback tells how the Unied States Supreme Court’s decision in the infamous King v. Burwell (2015) gave new life to the floundering ACA. Had the Court ruled differently, the federal health insurance exchange at Healthcare.gov would have folded, and the ACA with it.
After discussing the case’s impact on America’s health care system, Hamilton and Pipes look to the future. Pipes says Republicans’ problem is not lack of a replacement plan, but an overabundance of plans. Ultimately, the ones that work are like Pipes’ plan, which would enact a health care law that empowers consumers (patients) and doctors (providers) rather than the federal government.