Senate bill would put states in driver’s seat

A long-running horror story in our country is the routine demand for the federal government to “do something” whenever those on the left and their mainstream media allies identify some “problem.” These “problems” are really just the undeniable realities of existence on Earth. And the “solutions” generally involve the redistribution of wealth or resources, or having the federal government take out its credit card and pile up more debt. It’s all unsustainable, unfair and ridiculous.

Among the abominations created has been Obamacare, the federal plan to provide all Americans with health insurance. It has failed, as it was bound to do. Just as the laws of physics cannot be denied, neither can the laws of economics, despite what politicians may try.

Those politicians are still in denial, though. They have failed to recognize the necessity to do away with Obamacare, which is a painful drain on the nation.

However, there is a new effort afoot in the U.S. Senate this week to repeal and replace Obamacare, by having the federal government send block grants to states to come up with their own health care solutions. Kudos to those Republican senators who can see reality and are working hard on this legislation.

The bill would send money to the states and give them discretion to spend it as they see fit. The bill would let states set their own health coverage requirements, and end the Obamacare mandate that forces people to buy insurance.

Prior to Obamacare, states like Minnesota had their own systems that covered more than 90 percent of citizens, without forcing young people to buy insurance they did not want. Minnesota could use the federal funds to resume its priorities. Other states could choose to do what is best for them.

We believe senators need to get behind this legislation and send it to the House.