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August 13, 2013

Don’t Bail the Democrats Out By ‘Defunding’ Obamacare

by Stephen Littau

If something isn’t done to stop the train wreck known as Obamacare before next year, the healthcare system and the economy will suffer. Tea Party Republicans in the House and Senate have vowed to “defund” Obamacare even if it means shutting the government down. Obviously, opponents of this law should do everything possible to stop this from happening…right?

Maybe it’s not so obvious.

Obamacare cannot truly be defunded because the spending is built into the law itself but for the sake of argument, lets say there was some loophole that would make defunding possible. Why would Republicans want to bail the Democrats out? The Democrats own this legislation because not a single Republican voted in favor.

Let the Democrats suffer the consequences at the ballot box in 2014 and 2016. If the Republicans somehow managed to delay, add exemptions from some of the laws worst aspects, or alter Obamacare’s implementation, the Democrats would then have an out. President Obama could resort to his usual demagoguery in the campaign season the “Affordable Care Act would have worked if the Tea Party extremists hadn’t screwed it up!” The Obama media would be more than happy to echo this party line.

There is a better way. What if allowing Obamacare to be fully implemented as scheduled would lead to its ultimate demise? Far from trying to soften the blow or delay the law’s implementation, opponents of the bill, especially Republicans in positions of leadership should call the president’s bluff and let the train wreck occur. Over the many objections from many of us, Obamacare passed, failed numerous repeal efforts, and prevailed in the Supreme Court.

Also, consider that Obama was reelected. Its time for the American people to take their medicine and live with the consequences. We keep hearing about how the progressives have a better plan than those of us who believe in smaller government and free markets; let’s find out together just how wise they are!

No delays to save incumbents in the 2014 election. No waivers for employees, employers, the labor unions, for Congress, or for government workers. No waivers for anyone. How many times have we heard progressives say “we’re all in this together”? We should call their bluff on this as well.

To the extent that President Obama is trying to selectively enforce the law, Republicans should challenge his authority to do so in the courts and ask the president why he wants to delay his signature accomplishment as president.

Let the American people experience the broken promises of Obamacare for themselves. Let the Democrats defend the law in the 2014 campaign when voters see their work hours cut to less than 30 hours a week (if they are lucky to keep their jobs at all), their premiums rise, and/or lose the insurance plans they already have.

If after the American people (and I mean all of the American people) experience this pain sooner than later and still decide that Obamacare is the way to reform health care then I suppose we are getting exactly the system we deserve.

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3 Comments

  1. Letting ObamaCare proceed and then fail won’t significantly harm the Democrats. The Democrats, and Obama in particular, are masters of spin control, and they are strongly aided by the media. If Republicans do not put up road blocks, then it will be hard for the Democrats to blame Republicans for the ObamaCare fiasco. So, they will blame greedy physicians, greedy hospitals, greedy pharmacies, greedy pharmaceutical companies, people who opted-out of ObamaCare, and people who committed fraud.* After months of spin control, voters who usually vote for Democrats are unlikely to switch to another party.

    Obama has set the stage for this spin. When hawking ObamaCare, he repeatedly mentioned how he’ll have to overcome greedy a, b, c, d, etc.

    Comment by MingoV — August 13, 2013 @ 4:13 pm
  2. I’m with MingoV on this one. Obamacare puts Republicans in a Catch-22 on Capitol Hill. The battle to kill Obamacare starts in the court of public opinion.

    Republicans need to pick a few of Obamacare’s key flaws and use them to drive wedges between the various constituencies the Democrats are trying to hold together. Key target groups include the young (truly the victims of this act) and unions. Then hammer away publicly. Ad campaigns, internet advocacy, anything that gets the message out.

    The consequences of the law are going to be very real and incredibly ugly. If Republicans can use them to break the Democratic coalition of support around the law, then repeal becomes possible.

    Comment by Quincy — August 14, 2013 @ 12:46 am
  3. Terrible idea not to try to defund the ACA for mere electoral reasons. The good of the country needs to be placed ahead of electoral politics.

    Comment by KenH — August 24, 2013 @ 9:20 am

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