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August 20th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Republicans split as radicals

seek government shutdown

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Hell)
Click image to enlarge.

REPUBLICANS THROUGHOUT the country are running scared. What do they fear the most? The success of President Obama’s signature accomplishment in office, sometimes called “Obamacare.”
Yes, it’s true.
As so brilliantly captured by Prof. Paul Krugman in his column in The New York Times on Monday, the issue of health care reform is rending the GOP apart, and not a single thing they can do or say will prevent the Affordable Care Act from being implemented.
It is the law of the land.
Furthermore, as Americans begin to feel the full benefits of it in the coming months, it is bound to become one of the most popular federal innovations in recent history.
So what is the poor GOP to do?


PROF. KRUGMAN, in his column headlined One Reform, Indivisible sums it all up this way:
“ [The success of Obamacare] will represent a huge defeat for the conservative agenda of weakening the safety net. And Republicans who deluded their supporters into believing that none of this would happen will probably pay a large personal price. But as I said, they have nobody but themselves to blame.”
Describing the complex program as a “three leggedstool” (the individual mandate, subsidies for the poor, universal insurance) in his inimical way, Krugman adds the following insight:

The web site of The Hill showing that the GOP is split on defunding Obamacare. Click image to enlarge.

“Recent political reporting suggests that Republican leaders are in a state of high anxiety, trapped between an angry base that still views Obamacare as the moral equivalent of slavery and the reality that health reform is the law of the land and is going to happen.”
Among the “recent political reporting” he is referring to is, perhaps, the article published Aug. 17 in The Hill, the small but influential Washington, D.C. paper read by many members of Congress.
In Many 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls agree: Defund ObamaCare Elise Viebeck writes:
“Many Republicans who are eyeing a run for president in 2016 are backing an all-or-nothing plan to defund ObamaCare.
“More than half a dozen possible GOP White House candidates support that strategy while a handful are calling for a more nuanced approach to defunding or repealing the healthcare law.
“In short, some are willing to go to the brink and beyond of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare. But it’s far from unanimous.”
She goes on to point out the deepening divisions within the GOP surrounding the shutdown threat. “They also pose a major problem for Republican leaders on Capitol Hill,” Viebeck writes.
So, it seems, they really have a headache! Why don’t they just take a pill? It will soon be cheaper under Obamacare!

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V, begged on national television.

Perhaps Krugman was also thinking about the television appeal of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V, who almost begged on national television on Saturday for the president to change his mind.
In GOP asks Obama to ‘reconsider’ Obamacare’s individual mandate Rep. Capito said Obamacare should be delayed “not just for some, but for all Americans” in the weekly Republican address.
The Tea Party loonies would like nothing less than for the Republican Party in Congress to shut down the government rather than allow Obamacare to succeed.

DO YOU REMEMBER  how well that worked for Newt Gingrich when he pushed President Bill Clinton to the brink in 1995?
It was, strangely, also in part about health care. Clinton vetoed the spending bill sent to him by the GOP-controlled Congress.
House Speaker, Newt Gingrich and his caucus thought Clinton would cave; instead the entire federal government came to a screeching halt.

Newt Gingrich, former GOP Speaker of the House, now in oblivion somewhere.

Clinton won reelection in 1996 and has gone on to build a huge international legacy through his Clinton Global Initiative.
Does anyone know where Newt is hiding these days? How many wives now call him “ex”?
Student of history <snark> House Speaker John Boehner (R-Hell) would to well to take a refresher course.
In his weekly radio address this week, Obama threw down the gauntlet.
In Obama to GOP: No government shutdown over Obamacare the liner notes say:
“A lot of Republicans seem to believe that if they can gum up the works and make [Obamacare] fail, they’ll somehow be sticking it to me,” said President Obama in his weekly address on Saturday. “But they’d just be sticking it to you.”
But wait! That’s not all!
“Right now we are well on our way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act. In the next few months we will reach a couple of milestones with real meaning for millions of Americans,” the president also said. (Watch the full video below)
“If you are one of the 85 percent who already have insurance, you have already got new benefits under this law you didn’t have before.
“Free checkups, mammograms and contraceptive care, discounted prescription medicine on Medicare – the fact that you can stay in your parents plan until you turn 26.”
What’s not to like about that?
It is not rocket science to reach the same conclusion put so eloquently by Krugman in his column.
“[E]verything I’ve seen indicates that members of the Republican elite still don’t get the basics of health reform — and that this lack of understanding is in the process of turning into a major political liability.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.

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4 Responses  
  • Martin Trailer writes:
    August 20th, 2013

    What Krugman leaves out is the employer mandate delay and Congress exempting themselves and staff from the Affordable Health Care Act, Obamacare.

    Many (50%) of the mandates in the act are now delayed for a year or more. Affordable healthcare should be a priority, but it seems the bill was rushed through and the ramifications were not considered until now.

    Time will be telling, I just hope this is not similar to the frog in the pot of water sitting on the stove heating up slowly.

    • Warren writes:
      August 20th, 2013

      You are right, Marty, Obamacare is not perfect. The delays are regrettable, but ultimately everyone will benefit.
      One must not let the PERFECT be the enemy of the GOOD.
      This is the best we can hope for in the present climate.

      In fact, the most serious criticism I level at Obama is that it was HE who took the BEST solution off the table: he refused to even consider MEDICARE FOR ALL.
      A single payer system is much, much cheaper and more efficient…just check out Canada or the British NHS for examples.
      Case closed.

  • Martin Trailer writes:
    August 21st, 2013

    Might be a little premature to claim case closed. Just today yet another development due to Obamacare.

    I think cas closed will be appropriate in about two years when everything is in place and the total cost will become obvious.

    • Warren writes:
      August 21st, 2013

      Thanks Marty, for your contribution.
      Actually, the “case closed” was referring to the argument that SINGLE PAYER is by far the best system of all.
      And Obama put it “off the table,” remember?
      You are otherwise correct. It is certainly possible that the Republicans in Congress or the (GOP stacked) courts will stymie implementation somehow.
      But will they dare?
      As soon as folks realize how much we are ALREADY benefiting – more to come in February – it is bound to become one of the most popular new federal benefits in a generation.
      Not even I think the GOP is stupid enough to oppose it then.

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