Thursday, April 1, 2010

GOP going wobbly on repealing Obamacare

Ace of Spades, Ed Morrissey and Michelle Malkin are warning that GOP resolve to repeal Obamacare appears to be waning.  Fox News documents the apparent collapse:
Top Republicans are increasingly worried that GOP candidates this fall might be burned by a fire that's roaring through the conservative base: demand for the repeal of President Barack Obama's new health care law.

It's fine to criticize the health law and the way Democrats pushed it through Congress without a single GOP vote, these party leaders say. But focusing on its outright repeal carries two big risks.

Repeal is politically and legally unlikely, and grass-roots activists may feel disillusioned by a failed crusade. More important, say strategists from both parties, a fiercely repeal-the-bill stance might prove far less popular in a general election than in a conservative-dominated GOP primary, especially in states such as Illinois and California.

Democrats are counting on that scenario. They say more Americans will learn of the new law's benefits over time and anger over its messy legislative pedigree will fade. For months, Democrats have eagerly catalogued Republican congressional candidates who pledge to repeal the health care law, vowing to make them pay in November.

Republican leaders are stepping cautiously, wary of angering staunchly conservative voters bent on repealing the new law. In recent public comments, they have quietly played down the notion of repealing the law while emphasizing claims that it will hurt jobs, the economy and the deficit.
It will be up to conservative and moderate voters to step up and keep up the pressure on their elected representatives between now and November to get this destructive piece of legislation repealed. There will be other issues that will drive individual elections throughout the country, but it is imperative not to lose sight of the necessity of pulling this one back.  DrewM. at Ace of Spades says it well:
That's not to say every Republican campaign this fall should be one word long, to the exclusion of every other issue. As I said last week, talk about whatever you want but always bring it back to the fact that health care and its impact on the economy are the issues that frame everything else. And at the bottom of that issue is one word, repeal. Sure the GOP will put something else in place (I wish we didn't have to, unfortunately that's not in the cards) but first and foremost we will repeal this nation killing health care law.

It might not be a winning formula for every election. That's ok, we don't need to win every election. We need to win enough on a clear mandate to start taking steps in 2011-2012 to repeal this law and build moment going into 2012 for the final push.

Repeal is going to be hard and it's going to be a long process. Look how long it took to get the damn thing in place. We have 3-4 years, not 100 so we need focus and determination because if we don't succeed, nothing else matters.

Man up GOP.
If you still have any doubt about just how rotten this bill is, just try to read a few pages of it.  The Senate bill is here.  The House reconciliation bill is here.

The Club for Growth has a Repeal It website where your lawmakers and candidates can pledge "to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government.”  See if your candidate has signed it and if they haven't, ask them why.

1 comment:

  1. The real reason for repealing Obamacare and other entitlement programs is indicated in the article "The Real Argument for Repealing Obamacare:"