"Repeal Obamacare" is a frequent and popular promise from Republicans running for President and Congress this year but far fewer are talking about what they might put in its place. That's a problem.
ObamaCare was the Left's answer to problems with the American health care system. It's lousy policy to be sure -- from its liberty-strangling mandates to its effect on driving health insurance premiums up and beyond.
But the pre-ObamaCare reality wasn't perfect. Far from it. While many have decried ObamaCare as an attack on the free market, the fact is the American healthcare system even pre-Obamacare was not a free market, as Avik S.A. Roy explains in The Atlantic.
Roy, a Senior Fellow in health care policy at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, writes that, while "both liberals and conservatives believe that the American system is a 'free-market' or 'capitalistic' one, and that European systems providing universal coverage are 'socialized'," that conception is wrong.