Obamacare is Not So Bad After All

Monday, September 10th, 2012 and is filed under Blog, Elections, Obamacare

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This week Republicans in the House will vote on a 6-month Continuing Resolution to fund the government past September 30.  Not only will the bill follow the spending levels preferred by Obama and Reid, it will continue to fund Obamacare, despite the promise of 127 lawmakers to the contrary.

Obama has done many onerous things as president.  He has destroyed our free market system, erased our borders, abjured the rule of law and separation of powers, appeased every one of our enemies, and assailed the institution of marriage.  There’s no lack of red meat to toss at him during this campaign.  But by far, the most offensive and unpopular aspect of his presidency is Obamacare.  Yet, the campaign has largely been silent on Obamacare, with the exception of some oblique references to cutting Medicare as a way of funding Obamacare.

With Romney lagging in the polls despite the horrendous jobs market, record high energy and food prices, and a jobs crisis, why not hang Obamacare around his neck?

Republicans in Congress, including conservatives like Jim Jordan and Jim DeMint, have decided that it’s better to punt the Obamacare fight into 2013, when we will presumably have more power, rather than force a fight on the issue right before the elections.

Fair point.  But what if Obama wins?  Moreover, what if Romney wins but lacks the courage to push for full repeal using budget reconciliation (assuming we even win back the Senate)?

Let’s take a look at Romney’s comments on Obamacare from his interview on Meet the Press:

“Of course there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I’m going to put in place,” he said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “One is to make sure that those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage.”

Romney also said he would allow young adults to keep their coverage under their parents’ health-insurance.

Those provisions have been two of the more popular parts of Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

“I say we’re going to replace Obamacare. And I’m replacing it with my own plan,” Romney said. “And even in Massachusetts when I was governor, our plan there deals with pre-existing conditions and with young people.”

I guess that answers the question as to why there hasn’t been a full-throttled attack on Obamacare by showing the American people how the market-distorting mandates are skyrocketing the cost of premiums.  Romneycare has all those elements.

This is not a winning strategy.  Worse, even if we win the election along with control of the Senate, we have a fight on our hands with full repeal of Obamacare.

Conservatives who feel we should stand down on the issue before the election must understand that at some point we will have to take a bold stand on repeal.  Otherwise we will be talking about tweaking a new $40 trillion unfunded liability in 20 years from now, the same way we are discussing Medicare today.  Obamacare will not go away on its own.