One thing that can’t be tolerated is a Republican candidate who treads lightly on the issue of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Sen. Ortman’s statement about Obamacare is disappointing:

Regarding the federal health care law, known as ObamaCare, she said: “There are some things about that that are good but I think that when you engage in a conversation in such a comprehensive way, you are going to see some things that people like and you are going see some things that people don’t like. And I think, overall, the system doesn’t work.”

This simply won’t cut it. Obamacare, aka the ACA, is a gigantic failure that should be scrapped and replaced with something that limits governmental ‘participation’. Preferably, the replacement bill should permit families and their physicians to determine what coverages they need or don’t need.

One of the significant flaws of the ACA is that the legislation created a one-size-fits-all plan across America. That’s the last thing we need. Another thing that’s counterproductive to getting rid of the plague of Obamacare is Republicans criticizing the attempted repeal of Obamacare:

“I’m not a full repeal person. I think the House of Representatives has voted 40 times to repeal it. The Senate is not going to repeal it. So if plan A is ‘Let’s do a repeal,’ we better start talking about Plan B. Because plan A got nowhere,” she said. Ortman said she would like to see Congress go “piece-by-piece through that new law and figure out what works and what doesn’t.”

As conservatives, the first thing we need is to admit that the ACA isn’t fixable. If we think that it’s fixable, then the only path forward is tinkering around the edges. That won’t work. What’s needed is a replacement plan that’s patient-centered, a plan that lets families and the physicians they know and trust choose what’s best for the families.

Anything that tinkers around the edges is defeatist thinking. I don’t accept the premise that the ACA is fixable because it’s exceptionally complex. For instance, if you think that government shouldn’t be in the business of telling families what coverages their health insurance policies must include, then catastrophic policies must be offered. The problem with that fix is that that totally messes up Obamacare’s funding mechanism.

That means Obamacare a) isn’t sustainable financially and b) doesn’t put families in charge of their health insurance. That isn’t acceptable.

Here’s Sen. Franken’s (predictable) position on repealing the ACA:

But repealing the law would strip Americans of this new freedom and take us back to the days when big insurance companies had the power to decide what care residents of Minnesota could receive-allowing them to once again deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, cancel coverage when people get sick, and place limits on the amount of care people can get, even if they need it. What’s more, without the law, insurance companies could overcharge for insurance just to boost their profits, or use fine print to deny medical treatments that are covered under people’s policies.

Ask people who can’t keep the policies they bought and liked because Washington, DC said they knew what’s best for families if they like their new options. Across the nation, people are telling their horror stories. If Sen. Ortman agrees with Sen. Franken that repealing Obamacare isn’t the right thing, then she’s sending the wrong message to Minnesotans.

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3 Responses to “Sen. Ortman’s regrettable statements”

  • GOPNeighbor says:

    Ortmann is consistent – she’s a big govt Republican. They do exist – ever heard of John McCain? Ortmann liked the idea of Sheriff Stanek being able to spy on citizens without a warrant. And now she likes ObamaCare. Next she won’t want to cut any govt budgets.

  • J. Ewing says:

    Sorry, Senator Ortmann, but you just lost my vote. “Absolutely nothing” is VASTLY superior to Obamacare, starting from the moment this unworkable monstrosity was crammed down our collective throats without a single Republican vote. What you have just told me is that you might not vote like EVERY other Republican on this issue, and that’s simply not acceptable.

    Even if there are “good things” in the PPACA– the exchanges (properly structured and implemented) have been mentioned as a positive– and even if there must be some “transition” for those few actually benefiting from it, the only proper starting point is full repeal of the whole idea that the federal government should control every individual’s health care decisions.

  • walter hanson says:


    I think Ortmann and the other Senate candidates should be ready to point to Al Franken that right now the big insurance is the US Government since it says what coverage you have to have (at least before the act you had a choice)and that it is government that is making the decisions to deny care (ask that family in Phili whose daughter wasn’t going to be allowed to have a lung transplant) and I can go on.

    Apparently Senator Ortmann doesn’t have the imagination to be a US Senator.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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