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Dick Morris: Red States Thrive If Obamacare Subsidies Nixed

By    |   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 01:58 PM

If the Supreme Court cancels insurance subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, red states that have kept the health insurance law at arm's length since its passage will have more flexibility than fully invested blue states to address their citizens' future medical needs, says Republican strategist Dick Morris.

Republicans in Congress, in fact, should stay out of the way if the high court rules against the Obama administration and lets the states deal exclusively with the fallout, Morris told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV on Friday.

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"I don't agree that there should be any federal legislation on this," Morris said in a panel discussion with Newsmax Deputy Health Editor Nick Tate. "It should just go back to the states — let every state make a decision. They used to regulate insurance, and they can regulate it again."

"Obamacare is a fiasco, and it's going to destroy the healthcare system," said Morris. "The blue states will realize that. They're going to see their healthcare systems falling apart, whereas the red states will be fine."

The closely divided court heard oral arguments this month for and against allowing low- and middle-income insurance customers to get subsidies through the federal exchange. A ruling is expected in late June or early July.

Health experts say about 7.5 million people in 34 states will see their premiums soar if a court majority accepts the plaintiffs' argument that only state exchanges can offer subsidies.

With the White House standing pat, Republicans are assuming they will shoulder the political blame if the court outlaws the subsidies, and GOP lawmakers are putting forward alternative plans to soften the blow of a ruling against the subsidies.

Morris said to let the states decide, without federal involvement, what, if anything, must be done.

"Rather than redesign Obamacare, rather than fixing it if it's broke," he said, "if the court breaks it because the Democrats didn't draft it properly, the states should have that option."

"Most states are going to adopt something: we'll have tax credits, but no mandates; we'll help you buy insurance, but you won't have to get it," he said. "There's no argument against it — in other words, if the state doesn't want it, why would you push it down its throat?"

Morris predicted the end result of a states-only approach to life after Obamacare would be "an enormously tilted playing field in favor of the red states" and a scramble for "reform" in the blue states already saddled with the law's burdens.

He ridiculed claims that Obamacare is reducing the federal deficit.

"Obamacare costs us a vast amount of money," said Morris. "The estimates that it cuts the deficit are laughable, and it's a huge, huge cost both to the individual and in the deficit. But if you devolve it on the states, it's really going to work."

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If the Supreme Court cancels insurance subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, red states that have kept the health law at arm's length will have more flexibility than fully invested blue states to address their citizens' medical needs, says GOP strategist Dick Morris.
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