Senators Lee, Cruz and Rubio have gotten a lot of attention recently with their assertion that this is the last chance to rid the world of Obamacare. In the upcoming debt negotiations, they are offering a strategy to refuse to fund Obamacare, even if that means shutting down the government. Now, no one wants the government to shut down, but this may come down to who blinks first. Already pundits and some Republicans are saying that this is a bad strategy claiming that Obama will win eventually and Republicans will have another public defeat that will be difficult to recover from. In the end, some say, the GOP loses.
I say nonsense. Here are 6 reasons why this is a good strategy and we should stand behind it:
1) This really is the last chance to substantially weaken the law. Democrats knew all those years ago that they needed to build in a phased approach to the law. Let’s face it, if Obamacare’s implementation had gone any more quickly, we may have still had the backbone needed to do something about it. But, as it stands, years have gone by and sleepy-eyed members of Congress are tired of fighting Obama, tired of losing. However, since the law has not been implemented yet fully (though the federal worker bees have been busy prepping to take over the free market ever since the bill was signed into law), the GOP does have a card to play here. We would be dumb to not use it to its full advantage.
2) We already lost the Presidential election. There seems to be perpetual hand-wringing and whining in the Republican Party. It goes something like this, “if the GOP stands up against Obama, Obama will win and it will make us look bad and lose the next election. We can’t let that happen, so we need to look like we are working with him.” This is the most asinine logic I’ve ever heard. First of all, it doesn’t work. We already lost! There is nothing we can do to go back and win. And, giving in to Obama has gotten us nothing. In 5 years, I challenge anyone to think of what the GOP has gained strategically by compromising to Obama. I can’t think of anything.
3) The law is so bad that it is worth any political risk. I’m not going to go back and conjure up all of the reports that show how bad this law is. You can go Google or Bing that yourself. However, at this point it is well-known that this law will have a substantial negative impact on our economy, on jobs and businesses, and on the healthcare industry as a whole. Is anyone confused about that?
4) Obamacare contracts our freedom. Make no mistake, this is the definition of socialism. The Executive Branch should not have the power to mandate whatever rules it wants to the healthcare industry. Going forward, the government gets to design coverage for all Americans the way that it wants. The free market is no longer at play here and people are forced to pay for whatever the government deems to be “basic mandatory coverage.” I’m not confused about how bad the health care industry was before Obamacare was passed. But, let’s face it, this takes an existing problem, multiplies it by infinity, and then perpetuates it into eternity.
Obamacare is also a threat to religious liberty. This is no surprise. Anytime the government expands its reach, religious liberty is at risk. The contraceptive mandate is only the beginning. What other religiously controversial mandates will come out of the Obama (or any future liberal) administration that offend people of faith?
5) If the GOP loses short-term, we win long-term. The fact is that this may not work. However, does the GOP become a strong party again by doing whatever Democrats want? This battle gives us an opportunity to stand together and fight for something. It shows voters that this Party is not in retreat. It provides us with fuel for next year’s elections. Doing nothing will only hurt us next year. I’m sad about last November just like everyone else, but the reports of the GOP’s long and slow death are only going to end up being accurate if we let them.
6) Sometimes you just have to do what is right. If we don’t fight for this, then MSNBC has won, Obama and his Chicago thuggery have won, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and their dishonest cram-down-our-throats tactics have won, and who we are as a party (or as a nation) may never be the same. There is a time for compromise, and that time has passed. The President didn’t compromise when he forced his will on the American people with this bloated takeover of the health care industry. We cannot compromise as we fight back.
Republicans, this is about doing what is right and doing it now. Visit the site dontfundobamacare.com and see where your Senator stands.