Don’t misunderstand my question. I detest and denounce Obamacare and all its works. I hate Obamacare—or, more accurately, Pelosicare. By whatever name you call it, the [Un]Affordable Care Act is poison. It is obviously going to jack up prices and give less “care” to everyone.
So from the standpoint of immediate human relief, the Republicans in Congress have done a good thing:
“House Republicans forced through a short-term government funding bill that delays Obamacare and permanently repeals a tax on medical devices, setting up their most dramatic face-off ever with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats… This strategy — forced upon Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) by the conservative rank-and-file — dramatically increased the chances of a government shutdown come Oct. 1… The chamber further adopted a “conscience clause” that postpones until 2015 an Obamacare requirement that employers cover birth control as part of their health-insurance packages.”
Obviously the conservative majority Republicans mean well. I am certainly thrilled that the “conscience clause” is put in place. I’m also impressed with the political craftiness of bringing it back in time for the 2016 election.
But I’m not sure delaying Obamacare is such a good idea as a political strategy. After all, Obama himself has given himself and his fellow Democrats breathing room by delaying the employer mandate to provide healthcare for employees. This was done back in June and was obviously aimed at preventing pain for businesses before the 2014 election.
So my question is: If we delay Obamacare altogether aren’t we helping the Democrats look better? First, they’ll be able to claim Obamacare would have worked if only the evil Republicans didn’t stop them from implementing it this year. It would be easier to make the case that the Democrats are either evil or incompetent or both if people were feeling the Obamacare-caused pain. I realize that the Democrats will think of ways of blaming Republicans for the failures of their “health care” program. But I still think they will have less credibility with the people if the people are suffering the pain caused by Obamacare.
The other problem I have with delaying Obamacare is that it gives the President’s forces time to try to fix it. While no force on earth can make government-run, tax-subsidized or fully tax-paid health care work in the long run, I find it hard to believe that it wasn’t possible to make a program that is not as bad as Obamacare is showing itself to be. Even if we accept that Obamacare was never meant to work but was supposed to make people beg for medical socialism (the “single payer plan”), it still wasn’t supposed to fail this fast and this obviously. So what if they change it to make it better? It will still fail in the end but it may not be as obvious. My fear is that, by delaying Obamacare, we are allowing people to continue to deny the truth about it. It is a reprieve for the concept of government-run health care as much as it is a reprieve for the American people.
What do you think?