I don’t want to hear about the newest House vote to quash Obamacare. I don’t care how many times the health care law has been symbolically repealed. Despite a Pledge to America and lots of speeches and press releases about the GOP’s plans to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, so far the biggest threat has not come from Republicans. It has come from the president, who is undermining confidence by agreeing to delays in implementing his namesake government health care scheme because Obamacare is too unwieldy to get off the ground.
Why is John Boehner setting up conservatives for a colossal fall when the House fails to fulfill its promise? The speaker is fixated on Obamacare in the same way Democrats became fixated on job creation when they failed to get the economy moving. For Democrats, everything in America turned to jobs. For the House leadership everything in America, including jobs, is about Obamacare.
Republican laziness is helping Obama.
Republicans are becoming the White House’s best argument to push the health care bill to fruition. Why Democrats haven’t had Republicans Hate Health Care! T-shirts printed is anyone’s guess.
Americans health care system wasn’t perfect before Obamacare threatened to wreck it. GOP lawmakers had opportunities to fix the problem. They did nothing. Republicans in Congress complain that no one read the bill, but their campaign has not focused on the worst parts of the Affordable Care Act. It has focused on the idea of Obamacare. If they wanted a better bill, they could have written their own when they had a congressional majority. They could have gotten out the red pens three years ago and dropped their version from planes for everyone to read. They could have addressed pre-existing condition exclusions or made it easier to transition from group insurance to a private plan when George W. Bush was president. Nothing happened. Now it’s too late. Conservatives were left with a Democratic health care victory, symbolic votes, and talk of a Republican alternative that was never on the table until GOP backs were against the wall.
There’s more to helping Democrats than health care.
The PR fallout from failing to repeal the health care act will be hard enough on conservatives who still have groundless faith that the Republican Party is their best shot at saving America from Democratic foolhardiness. There is more to come.
We don’t have to worry that the GOP will be perceived as hating illegal immigrants, at least not yet. Instead, we have sellouts in the Senate who not only colluded with Democratic amnesty backers but swallowed White House propaganda about the benefits of immigration reform (see: Can Tea Party Extremism Stop a GOP Immigration Sellout?). That wasn’t enough.
John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and other Republicans are leading the charge to side with Democrats over intervention in Syria instead of pulling the plug because of the president’s failed pro-Muslim Middle East policy, his refusal to come clean or even react convincingly to dead Americans in Benghazi, and the fact that no matter what we do in that part of the world the hatred for America will only rise as we compete with Arab nations for influence.
GOP tunnel vision means more bad news for conservatives.
There is a lot more to be done to advance conservative interests than a phony repeal of Obamacare. When Democrats win the midterms next year, all will have been in vain and Republican lawmakers will have given the White House speaking points on GOP failure for years to come. Democrats know what they stand for and they do something about it even when it’s wrong. Republicans seem to have settled for standing on the sidelines, taking shots at what they disagree with and buying into what they think might get them a few votes without doing any real work to move the party forward. As long as Democrats keep calling the shots, Democrats will rule America.