The debate was all about the economy and economic security. Many of the candidates referenced Obamacare as a drag on the economy. But when pressed for examples of intrusive government regulations, too often they reached for more nebulous regulations and government obstructions rather than discuss the most expensive regulation most employers face — Obamacare.
Some of their comments and my observations:
Rubio: Obamacare is a drag on the economy and job creation.
Rubio’s new name for Obamacare: that crazy health care law.
Trump: Obamacare will be repealed.
Carly Fiorina wants to review every government regulation and repeal the bad ones. But she didn’t mention Obamacare until later in the debate, when she said it must be repealed.
Jeb Bush talked about ways to boost jobs and get the government out of the way. He didn’t mention the negative impact Obamacare has on hiring.
Kasich may have cut taxes, but his backing of Medicaid expansion is bad news for Ohio taxpayers in the future
Kasich would reform Medicare, but he expanded Medicaid rather than hold out for the flexibility to tailor Ohio’s Medicaid program.