Nearly every day, a new report, waiver, exemption or policy change emerges, showing that Obamacare is, as retiring Montana Democratic Sen. Max Baucus put it, a “huge train wreck coming down” if the administration doesn’t get a half-billion dollars for PR to sell it to the American people. Actually, it’s a train wreck, period.
This is a golden opportunity for another major political correction. It was in 2010, after Obamacare was enacted, that the Tea Party-led opposition fueled a political sea change not seen since the 1920s, with the GOP capturing the House, a majority of governorships and thousands of state and local offices. The galvanizing issue was Obamacare, and the newly minted House majority solemnly swore to “repeal and replace” the whole mess.
It’s time the House lived up to that promise.
The next time that Obamacare or a section thereof comes up for funding, there will be a chance for House members to step up to the plate and do the right thing. Just cutting the budget somewhat by reducing the PR money won’t be enough. The House must spit in the eye of Democratic threats to shut down the government.
Those who vote to continue the federal takeover of one-sixth of the nation’s economy should find that their party’s primary system has become a minefield.
For some, it could even function as a political death panel.
Robert Knight is senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times.