August 20, 2014

Repeal Obamacare [McGehee]

As much fun as it’s been to react to news events, I like to look ahead once in a while, so I’m introducing a new category: “If Republicans Win the Senate in 2014.” This is Item One.

The least despicable excuse congressional Republicans can offer for failing to do this in the next Congress, if they’ve recaptured the Senate while retaining the House, is, “Obama would just veto it.”

Waaaaah.

Granted, the likely result of passing a bill that merely reads, “The Affordable Care Act is repealed,” would be entertaining for the wailing and gnashing of teeth it would inspire among the “progressive” Left, and would certainly be a net positive for the nation’s health coverage system, but at this point it would hardly be the kind of rallying point that Team R would need to build on its accidental and undeserved 2014 success at the ballot box. Rather, the repeal of Obamacare should be achieved by passing a bill that institutes free-market reforms from the roots up, eliminating the perverse incentives that the system has evolved over years of being driven by union contracts and meddling legislation.

A functional health coverage system would no longer be controlled by bean counters, corporate or governmental, but by the patients themselves. Health savings accounts and tort reform are two small parts of the reforms needed to achieve this, but they’re a decent start.

Of course Boehner and McConnell would argue that this, too, cannot be done because “Obama would just veto it.”

Waaaaah.

Send it to him anyway, you crybabies. Show that you’re good for something more than keeping Obama from running rampant during his last two years in office — because that selling point goes away in 2016. And if you don’t have something new to sell by then, your still-pissed-off base won’t be buying.

Posted by McGehee @ 5:49pm
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  1. It’s a good idea McG. This would be especially pleasing if they were to write a simple, comprehensible bill and put it openly before the nation long prior to actually passing it, so that we might understand the aims and then even comment on those aims as interested parties to our own governance.

  2. my favorite part is where you get fired or quit your job and your first thought is supposed to be FUCK YEAH who do i make the check out for to get me my share o dat scrumptious obamacare puddin pie???!???

  3. Boehner and McConnell

    why are these two ludicrous piece-of-shit faggots even a factor in our lives?

    I just don’t get it

  4. they’ve been a key part of our lives longer than justin fucking bieber

    you realize this yes?

    make it stop

  5. McG, from what we have seen from the feckless GOP leadership , how can we even hope that there’ll be any “keeping IWonPhonePen from running rampant”?

  6. the outlaw rick perry will kill it.

  7. Whatever the legislation says, the Democrats will say too much has already been spent on the implementation of Obamacare to abandon it. They’ll point fingers at the Republicans and say (with straight faces) to the American public, “See? — they want to waste money!” This will be in addition to their accusation that all Republicans want untold numbers of U.S citizens (and esteemed “guests”) to die horrible deaths.

  8. What the Democrats say is not important, and we do not hear their words.

  9. sdferr says August 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Are you making fun of me? ;-)

  10. McG, from what we have seen from the feckless GOP leadership , how can we even hope that there’ll be any “keeping IWonPhonePen from running rampant”?

    I said it was a selling point, I didn’t say it was an actual hope.

  11. never!

    well, y’know, not never never, but not right now never

    -ish

  12. Premeditatio malorum.

  13. Point taken McG.
    I’d just like to have some elected person stop the rape rape of our begotten country.

  14. And I’d also like to see the theme song for 2014 to not be “don’t stop believing” and instead be “burning down the house”

  15. Watch out — you might get what you’re after.

  16. TaiChi, there isn’t much room left for imagining…

  17. True we might get get what we’re after.
    What is our alternative ?

  18. I’m so stupid Mr McG , I wear a 20x Justin.. I intend no flame war

  19. burning down the house baracky (you didn’t build that)built is fine.

  20. Rather, the repeal of Obamacare should be achieved by passing a bill that institutes free-market reforms from the roots up, eliminating the perverse incentives that the system has evolved over years of being driven by union contracts and meddling legislation.

    I am not arguing against this proposal in the least. My comment was made as a conjecture of how the Democrats would spin it. This hypothesizing allows one time to plan a defense against those claims.

  21. That’s my point: it’s not conjecture. It’s exactly what should be expected, anticipated, and planned for, because it is exactly what they will do.

    A real opposition party would take advantage of that. Like McCoy did in that Star Trek episode. He saw it coming and knew exactly what to say.

  22. No offense taken or meant, steph, I was just riffing on the lyric. Sorry for the confuzzlement.

  23. It will not be repealed. Instead, ACA will collapse because it’s fiscally unsustainable. I’d rather see that happen, to offer as further proof that social policies built to attract rube voters will always collapse because, TANSTAAFL.

  24. Except for the fact the same rube voters will vote for the party that promises to fix the rube goldberg program with an even bigger rube goldberg program because the Democrats got a stash and they’re buying lunch for anybody who wants one.

  25. That’s been pretty much how the health coverage system got the way it was before Obamacare, and it’s why those who say its failure is meant as a feature, not a bug, are in my opinion correct — next stop, single-payer.

    Tear the noxious weed out by the roots and plant a nice, low-maintenance ground cover in its place, because letting it die on its own only takes us where we don’t want to go.

  26. While getting rid of ACA would be a nice start, I think we should set our sights higher. Perhaps a bill doing away with DHS, HHS, HUD, DoE, the other DoE, and Labor.

    And when the Proggs start squealing, offer them the very real compromise of merely cutting them by two-thirds. Hell, we could even offer a range of compromises: cut them all by two-thirds, or just pick which two they want to keep and scrap the other four.

    See? Reasonable!

  27. Well, this was meant to be the first of a series, which I suppose it may yet be, if PW isn’t going away after all…

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