Andrew C. McCarthy has published a thoughtful and must-read editorial at National Review Online today concerning Obamacare. He argues that while the defund/delay strategy pushed by Senator Ted Cruz and others ultimately failed, the alternative approach, embraced by the GOP establishment, will also fail. In other words, repealing Obamacare through the legislative process (i.e., winning elections first and then fighting to dismantle the law) is simply not feasible in his view. Here’s why: To repeal Obamacare on the establishment plan, the GOP needs sudden and sustained electoral success — despite the high hurdle of media bias. At least two federal election cycles,
Comments: And the Republican Establishment´s back up plan was?
Cruz new if Obamacare was allowed to be enacted it would never be repealed. But then again, so did the Republican Establishment and that is why they fought against Cruz.
Because they WANT Obamacare, and the taxpayer money that comes with it.
This is a straw man argument. The issue isn´t whether to defund now or repeal after winning House, Senate and Presidency. The issue is: what is the right thing to do for the American people?
There are parts of the Affordable Care Act that are truly horrible. They need to be fixed (and that could include repeal) by legislation. There are parts that are actually pretty good...it didn´t cost the insurance companies anything extra to cover the young adult children of their customers, and it was a royal headache for families to either insist that the kid take 12 hours of college each semester to stay covered or quickly find a job that provided coverage in an time when starter jobs generally didn´t provide health insurance.
And what about the middle ground? Well, Republicans haven´t addressed the heart of the problem: suppose 40 year old Jane develops cancer. She loses her job. She can´t afford to pay full price (COBRA) for the next 18 months, and after that, she is out of luck anyway. Even if she manages to get on disability, there will be a 2 year delay until she qualifies for Medicare. In the meantime, her only source of treatment s the hospital emergency room. At the moment, the Republican ´solution´ is to defund...throw Jane back under the bus. That isn´t going to win many votes.
On the other hand, it is silly to demand maternity care and free birth control on every policy. Why should 50 year olds have to pay for that? Why is pediatric dentistry now part of the medical policy? Get rid of the garbage; fix the emergency problem, and get off this ´defund or else´ losing track.
OP, I hope you simply misstated Cruz´s effort instead of misunderstanding it. Obamacare had already been enacted when Senator Cruz began his defund campaign. Even if successful, the Senator´s defunding would have only been a stopgap ahead of negotiations. He knew that and has said so. Being an optimist, I don´t buy McCarthy´s gloomy forecast. We will have to find a way.
As I have said before the strategy is ridiculous and based on a false premise regarding both winning elections and republicans actually repealing it. They will leave it in place and tinker with it. We are stuck with it now. They may not have voted for it but they won´t repeal it. Look at welfare, what passes for reform ends up with more on welfare than every in history.
Appears that #1, Rabbit, is a RINO in his/her attempt to salvage much of the nationalization of health care. First, neither a heartless Obama nor a special interest focused Congress can "fix" healthcare or much else by adding regulations and regulators. Politicians can only make it more expensive for consumers while raising the costs of providing the service. Why can´t health insurers provide their solutions, at prices they can make a profit on, without federal & state mandates? ObamaCare is simply Bernie Madoff´s Ponzi scheme with a Supreme Court mandated tax if you refuse to be schemed.
As to your unemployed cancer victim example, why do you propose massive (there is never minimal) government involvement for the exception? You appear to be an Obama speech writer, wanting us to allow emotions to overrule common sense.
Free markets and free people will "fix" problems faster & cheaper than the government. If you need examples, study farm subsidies, rent controls, state liquor laws, Fair Housing and a myriad of other government solutions to perceived problems.
I understand it was already enacted. It had yet to be implemented. Once that is done and the program gets momentum, it will be impossible to repeal, which is an idiotic delusion that even the people who propose it as a serious plan must be trying to suppress their laughter
Its an insult to your own intelligence to think the Republican Establishment is going to repeal a plan that Romney (the most electable candidate ever)is proudly considered the surrogate father of and even has a plan of his very own.
The Establishment plan is to let an inferno envelope an entire forest then call a bucket brigade of clowns with confetti instead of water or sand to put it out. Never mind the fire was preventable in the first place, and could have been extinguished with a stomp of the foot and half a beer poured on the embers.
Instead, the same clowns in charge of putting it out were pouring gas onto the coals and then ran away screaming about the dangers of trying to put it out.
I am very saddened to hear less and less about the number one reason to get rid of ObamaCare: Liberty. Restating the obvious...ObamaCare not only commands you have to buy insurance but worse... what kind of insurance. It´s still incredible that John Roberts bailed on this basic loss of liberty.
#1 would not give us back our liberty, but instead would make the law more reasonable. That kind of smoothing out the law in the face of this loss of liberty is almost evil. For those similarly ´´reasonably´´ minded stay tuned as the gooberment raises the ObamaCare penalties, rations the care and successively tightens the numerous screws embedded in the law. This is an epic national tragedy.
the biggest problems with Obamacare are not at heart the cost. To again quote Mark Steyn, "it´s not wrong because it´s expensive, it´s expensive because it´s wrong. It distorts the proper relationship of the citizen to the State". And, it does. Moreover, it is simply not one of the few, enumerated, federal matters. It´s just not, and no amount of deliberate misreading of the Constitution can change that reality. The *entire* matter is unconstitutional on its face, and should have been so ruled at the first. Folks, most things are NOT any business of the Federal Government, and we are destroying the Republic by ignoring that fact. The sad fact is that the Republican party, by and large, is as wedded to the worship of the Central State as any Democrat Socialist is, and that has been the case since Teddy Roosevelt. This is just one, admittedly very large, stage in that destructive path. The Republican Party left me a long time ago.
Despite all the Establishment Republican propaganda, can anyone name one big federal agency or social welfare program that was created or passed over the years by the liberal Democrats that the Establishment Republicans have managed to abolish, defund, or repeal?
#13, My memory is faulty on this, but what was the drug/prescription bill of several years ago that caused such outrage among seniors that it was repealed in the next session? Wasn´t Lloyd Bentson involved?
Really? Slavery was a larger issue and took the country to a Civil War...600,000 plus casualties...it got repealed. This Obamacare is a rising star on the repeal effort and the fight is just begining...the truth is known by the Obama minions and it worries them because this nightmare is Obama´s ONLY accomplishment and its a bust...
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