This is an important vote, but without a concerted effort by the grassroots, it could well become just another symbolic but ineffectual vote in the House.
Therefore it is essential to implement a strategy which will maximize the effectiveness of this vote, inject the GOP wobblers with an infusion of testicular fortitude, and give the Democrats a very good reason not to resist the momentum toward defunding and ultimate repeal. The strategy outlined below may fit that bill.
Along with the House vote, a massive PR campaign (from talking points for elected officials to ad campaigns, to social media blitz to simple water-cooler conversations) must speak with a unified voice on a coherent theme:
“Obamacare is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democrat Party, which is soley responsible for its content”
The American people are rightly opposed to and frightened of ObamaCare implementation. They need to be reminded who’s to blame!
ObamaCare passed without a single GOP vote. Not ONE. It is an entirely Democratic debacle. More importantly, ObamaCare passed the Senate with the absolute minimum of votes – meaning any single defector from the Democrat party would have killed it. That means every Yea vote in the Senate was the deciding vote that crammed ObamaCare down our throats!
Given the overwhelming unpopularity of ObamaCare, there is a wave of anger over the impending implementation which must be focused on the Democrat Party. The unions are angry over the betrayal of their trust as they see their “Cadillac” plans being gutted and their costs rise. Young people who supported Obama in starry-eyed devotion are waking to the reality of what ObamaCare is doing to them as jobs dry up, hours are cut, and costs rise. Democrat lawmakers are watching as Obama’s polling circles the drain. They’re becoming more willing to buck the trend of supporting Obama in everything.
The narrative must be so loud, so unified and so undeniable as to break through the mainstream media’s zombie-like stupor when it comes to criticism of Obama and his policies. They must not be able to ignore the massive uprising against ObamaCare.
Democrat lawmakers must feel the heat. They must understand the visceral lividity of the majority of Americans toward ObamaCare, and understand that they will be held accountable for it! They must be extended an invitation to stand with the people against ObamaCare by voting with the GOP in support of a Continuing resolution that funds all activities of the Government except ObamaCare.
Democrats must be confronted with the choice to either fall on their sword in support of ObamaCare, or to attempt to redeem themselves by recognition of the folly of the “Affordable Care Act” – which makes nothing more affordable, and diminishes access to care. They must understand that it is in their political self interest to abandon the sinking SS Obama or they will surely go down with that ship.
As I wrote recently in a recent article:
“It is difficult to defend the “Affordable Care Act” as a good idea or even a successful one. Yet, ObamaCare isn’t the first wildly stupid mistake foisted upon the American people. Prohibition and Coca-Cola’s “New Coke” immediately come to mind, as two failures of an idea that went from the drawing board into our daily lives. Yet, when it became painfully obvious that these grand designs looked a whole lot worse in real life than on paper, those who implemented them swallowed their pride and acted to reverse the mistake.”
For too long the GOP has feared the ObamaCare defunding battle, especially the use of the Continuing Resolution. But it’s a winning tactic:
Suppose the House passes a CR written to continue funding the government as it has been, with the specific exception of ObamaCare. The GOP has provided the funds for government to continue as it has. The Senate Democrats will then have to either stand for ObamaCare and vote against a CR that funds the rest of government. Do they really want to be put in that position? If it fails, it’s the Dems who would be responsible for not passing a CR and any subsequent consequences of that. It’s the Dems who will have failed to prevent the implementation of Obamacare. Are they prepared to face the 2014 elections with that on their record? If they DO pass a CR that defunds ObamaCare – Obama himself will have to either accept defeat, or attempt a veto. Knowing his ego, he’ll choose the veto. This will put his Dems on the hot seat again!
Will they vote to uphold a veto (and defeat funding of the government)? Will they fall on their political swords to defend Obama and ObamaCare, or will they act in self-preservation to give Obama his final slapdown by overriding his veto?
Given the polling data concerning ObamaCare, the Democratic lawmakers would do well to flee the Obama like rats off a sinking ship. Perhaps enough will to insure a BIPARTISAN defunding victory.