One of the biggest campaign issues from last year was what to do with Obamacare. If you recall Obamacare was rammed through late at night on a party line vote with the famous proclamation from Nancy Pelosi that if you wanted to know what was in the 907 page bill, you would have to pass it first. President Obama did his best Nixon/Watergate and Clinton/Lewinki affair imitation by looking into the camera/face of America and lied; “If you like you doctor, you can keep your doctor.” President Obama and congressional liberals made many promises about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that were not true such as lowering healthcare costs and protecting middle class Americans from higher tax burdens. The point is that democrats shoveled and shoveled the manure in hopes that something beautiful would grow. There has never been a worse program that promises more government, more regulations, and more mandates as a solution to America’s health care problems. Originally billed as reform, Obamacare’s supposed “benefits” increase not only jacked up government spending, but had the same effect on the cost of private health insurance—on the backs of taxpayers. A starting point for Paul Ryan and congress should be setting commonsense insurance rules for those of us who buy our own insurance—individuals and small businesses outside the large group insurance market. Congress can finally combine sensible individual health insurance changes with long overdue tax and Medicaid reforms for a fair and fiscally responsible strategy to expand coverage to the currently uninsured. Obamacare inserted itself in the doctor-patient relationship and micromanaged what health care should be delivered to patients. Higher quality of care is impossible when government is given this much discretion and authority. One of the biggest affronts to freedom and religious liberty was the HHS mandate for employers to cover abortion related drugs regardless of religious or moral objection. This was only one of the first egregious examples in the Obama presidency that displayed a blatant disregard for the basic liberties and freedoms that our nation was founded on. In addition to being a massive federal power grab, Obamacare contained massive tax increases on the American economy—at a time when job growth should have been the nation’s number one priority. In total, the Congressional Budget Office estimated the Obamacare tax hikes would raise about $800 billion in new revenue over a decade including the unprecedented $494 billion tax hike that hit Americans in 2013. We all know what a cataclysmic failure Obamacare was. The cost alone is staggering. Imagine the impact of having that cash actually circulating in the economy rather than being wasted by the government. In the meantime, in comes President Trump with a voter mandate to replace Obamacare with something reasonable, effective and affordable. The phase “Repeal & Replace” has been thrown about quite a bit inside the beltway. Don’t let it fool you, this is not broken plan that needs to be fixed, it’s a lemon that needs to be returned to the lot. It presupposes a grand solution to a terrible problem without understanding the problem. It’s like the mindless calls for “immigration reform” without controlling the border or specifying what is wrong to begin with and which problem is being solved with the “reform.” This entire approach is rooted in the assumption that only the governments can fix it and ignorance of free markets, but more importantly in a broken political barometer. Republicans are in their strongest electoral position since the Civil War in part because of the Obamacare disaster, they believe that they will somehow lose influence by repealing that monstrosity. The central goal of any conservative health care plan, as was explained by president Trump during the campaign, should be reducing the market costs of health care and health insurance, not expanding access or universal coverage as we have been deceived into assuming all these years. Republicans should be focused on reforming the entire system and restoring the free market. Republicans should work on lowering the costs for those who want to purchase insurance on their own, and that will help expand coverage. The overriding principle of achieving that goal is eliminating as many of the government regulations and obstructions that have driven up the costs of health care. At the same time, leverage flexibility, portability, personal responsibility for individuals on top of that, innovation, and competition in the market place for health insurance, as well as removing anti-market forces that stifle the efficient delivery of health care. The end result will not be utopia. Rather, it will provide the largest array of choices at the lowest costs for the most people — the best outcome we can ever aim for.