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.”
Granted, the likely result of passing a bill that merely reads, “The Affordable Care Act is repealed,” would be entertaining for the wailing and gnashing of teeth it would inspire among the “progressive” Left, and would certainly be a net positive for the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.”
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.Tags: If Republicans Win the Senate in 2014