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PINKERTON: How Republicans Should Address the Hostile Obamacare Town Halls

The fate of Obamacare dominates the news—again. Eight years ago, anti-Obamacare Republicans and Tea Partiers were on the offensive. Today, it’s pro-Obamacare Democrats, perhaps joined by “astroturf” activists, on the offense. Congressional Republicans have had plenty of time to think through their preferred alternative to Obamacare in the seven years since it was signed into law. So what is the hang-up? Part of the problem is the GOP has never really come to grips with the basic question: Do Americans have a right to health insurance?

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Exclusive Rand Paul: Repeal Now, Replace Now! 

Weak-kneed Republicans are starting to stammer, talk of delay and say we can’t repeal all of Obamacare. One GOP plan even keeps the Obamacare taxes. Another GOP plan says to blue states: “If you like Obamacare, you can keep it!” and red states will pay for it. Other GOP plans want to keep Obamacare subsidies but rename them refundable tax credits.

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Donald Trump on Obamacare: ‘It Will Be Repeal and Replace’

“We’re going to do repeal and replace,” Donald Trump says about Obamacare. “Very complicated stuff. And we’re going to get a health bill passed; we’re going to get health care taken care of in this country.” He adds, “We’re going to have a health care that is far less expensive and far better.”