True to the characteristics of Democrats, they march forward boldly with noble purpose, only to fail badly in implementation. Republican strategy might be just to watch to realize the inevitable outcome, but in the case of Obamacare, they did some things differently:
- They fought it
- They sought to slow it down
- They sought to defund it
What they didn’t do:
- They did not address citizens' needs for affordable healthcare
- They failed to influence the free market to control costs and to act more socially responsibly
- They failed to use the American political system to produce a more successful outcome
So, what we have is a party that does something, versus a party that obstructs and does nothing. Going to the polls next year, which one do you think will win?
In a story this morning from the Washington Post Wonkbook, is that Republicans want to produce another “rush job” to fix and improve Obamacare before Election 2014.
“Republicans who want to reform Obamacare remain the (growing) minority. But in another sign that Republicans see the politics of Obamacare changing, there's more talk of producing an actual Republican alternative before the 2014 election. Rep. Paul Ryan, for instance, plans to unveil the successor to his Patients' Choice Act act early next year. That, too, is an admission that something like the Affordable Care Act is here to stay, and Republicans need to begin proposing policy for a post-health reform world rather than fantasizing about a return to a pre-health reform world.”
What are the chances that House Republicans can produce such improvements with so little time? What are the chances that they can get support from Democrats in the House and Senate for improvements?
The chances might be better than you think if the things they want to do are the same things that Democrats and the President believe need to be fixed. Of course, the President and Democrats can steal the Republican thunder by advancing parallel legislation with the same spirit and contents.
What will they call the result: ReObamacancare?