It’s a train wreck.
Senator Max Baucus
(D-Montana), comment on Obamacare at Congressional
Think of Obamacare as a big lumbering freight train. President Obama is its chief engineer and Democrats
are its crew. The train, full of 2700 pages of freight, known as the Patient Protection and
Affordability Act, is scheduled to reach
the government departure station on October 1, 2013. Obama and his crew feel that once the train
leaves the station, there will be no stopping it. It’s the law and laws are immutable, indisputable, and irrefutable.
Think of the Republicans as
guerillas riding ahead of the train, planting explosives to derail the train
before and even after it reaches the station. In the
guerillas’ minds, the train carries unworkable and unaffordable tons of freight.
This freight will bog down the economy and threaten the liberties of the
American people. They seek to stop the
train before it reaches the station and then to keep it in the station before
it wrecks American health care system and the American economy.
guerillas’ leaders are split on how to derail the train – to fully defund it at
the risk of government shutdown or to partially defund it and not to shut
down the government. Shutting down the government would be Obama's decision, not theirs, bt the GOP would get the blame. President Obama is a master at the blame game. Options include: asking for a one year delay in requiring
individuals to buy health insurance, pressing the Administration to approve the
Keystone XL pipeline, and demanding cuts or changes in Medicare and Medicaid. The other alternative, perhaps the most realistic, is to let ObamaCare proceed, and succeed on its merits or fail on its flaws.
Republican’s problem for stopping the train are three fold: one, the GOP guerillas lack a unified
strategy; two, they have no agreed upon leader; three, the threat of a
government shutdown is terrifying politically because it is unpopular, even
though 57% of Americans favor defunding ObamaCare.
Jim Demint, former Republican senator
from South Carolina, now President of the Heritage Foundation, argues as follows in a August 9 Wall Street Journal
article, “The Only Way to Stop Obamacare Is to Cut Off Funding."
will destroy the private-insurance market, incentivize businesses to cancel
current health coverage for their employees, create physician shortages, and
force Americans and states into total dependency on the federal government.
After all that, it will be difficult, if not impossible, for the free market to
resurrect a private health-care system built on doctor/patient decision-making.”
“So the fight to stop
ObamaCare now is an urgent matter. Elected leaders in both parties should
summon the courage to put their political futures on the line, because the
future of America is truly on the line. Politicians who oppose ObamaCare should
not vote to fund it. Those who want a socialized health-care system should vote
to fund it. There is no middle ground and no place to hide.”
The current GOP House strategy for stopping the train wreck is
to fund the government through
mid-December while forcing the Senate to vote on defunding Obamacare.
The idea is to put Democrats on record as favoring Obamacare and to tie the health care law to the budget battles but to keep the
has been compared to a train wreck.
Democrats seek to keep the wreck running; Republicans want to stop it
before it wrecks.
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