Tuesday, July 3, 2012

No, Seriously?

The Senate Minority Leader would like you to know that it would have been better if the Republicans had been willing to get their hands a little bit dirty, politically speaking, in 2009 than counting on them to repeal Obamacare.

With all due respect (I'm sure you're due some) Senator McConnell, no duh.

This is not news, this is not a statement that needed to be made to the base: of course we knew it already.  Which means precisely one thing: Senator Mitch McConnell is laying the ground work for not repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The Republicans are already signaling that they will not have the spine to stand up against the smears and the lies, that they will capitulate against the tide of Statism because it's easier than fighting.

So listen up, Congressional Republicans, and we'll go through this again.

We hired you to do a job.  That job was to stop the constant expansion of the Federal behemoth and start restoring sanity to our government.  The first specific task you were given was to stop Obamacare; you failed.  You have now been tasked with repealing it, and you're signalling that you won't even try.

So explain to me why I should vote Republican in November.  Explain to me why you doing nothing is any better for me?  At least if I actually join the Democrats, the beast might eat me last- you're not even promising me that.

I don't care if it's going to be hard.  I don't care if it's going to be "partisan," or if you're going to be called mean names.  I don't care about any of that.  This law must be repealed in its entirety.

In fact, repealing the law should actually be easier than passing it was.  We already have CBO estimates saying that ACA will cause the budget to explode, so anything repealing ACA is, by definition, a budget cutting measure which is subject to Reconciliation- needing only 51 votes, not 60.  A single line bill is all it would take: "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is Hereby Repealed in Full."

Wow, hard, huh?

Even assuming you want to keep parts of the law, which I've already explained is a terrible idea, you can re-implement those fairly easily.  So simply repeal the whole thing.

But that's not what you want.  You like the power this gives the Federal Government; the reason it will be hard to repeal is not that it would be hard to write a repeal bill that wouldn't cause problems.  No, the reason it will be hard to repeal is that the Congressional Republicans, just as the Congressional Democrats, are addicted to the power.  You can't stand the idea of letting that massive power out of your hands.