There is no doubt now, that as Obama Care rolls out that it is a dismal failure. In the end, it seems, it is going to end up doing most American’s harm than it is any good. It is a complete 360 from where I stood when it all started. Then I was for it, now, I like millions of other American’s have serious reservations.
Now, we have just gone through a government shutdown as far right conservative Republicans tried to make the same point. But, they went about it all in the wrong way. They were fighting a losing battle, which in the end would be more embarrassing than anything else, and place political careers on the line. To those on the Hill, the latter, I am sure is more important. What the Tea Party tried to do was force the demise of the Affordable Care Act, by defunding it. Well, that shows how much these rookie political wiz kids actually know, because had they done their homework they would have known that the majority of the program is funded under mandatory budget allocation. That is the funding for ACA is similar to Medicare and Social Security. Funding is automatically allocated, because under Federal Government budget guidelines, it is mandatory.
Therefore, holding the Federal Government, and for that matter, the entire of the United States hostage, was pointless, and nothing more than wasted political drama. The Tea Party got everyone’s attention, but other than that they accomplished nothing. In the end, the debt ceiling was increased, ACA was not an issue, it is still a fact of life, and the Tea Party as well as the Republicans got wet egg on their face. The Democrats were the clear winner.
What then can be done to repeal Obama Care. It is the position of Conservatives that the ACA is a train wreck waiting to happen. As a matter of fact the train is showing considerable trouble even before she pulls out of the station. That in itself is not a good indicator. The web site designed to stream line the enrollment process failed, crashing even before it could get off to any start, much less out of the station. While the president attempts damage control, everyone is looking for a head to chop off, as if that will solve the problem.
Meanwhile, the Tea Party, as green as they are, are still thinking about the next round in January where upon the debt ceiling must once again be raised in order to keep us afloat. Republican moderates are all but in a panic, because now we are into 2014 a congressional election year, The last thing they need is another government shut down, when they are already up to their neck in a year where some serious questions are going to be asked by the voter, and they are assured that they will be the focus of voter attention.
So what is the best course of action. What should Republicans do? How about this idea. Nothing. That’s right, absolutely nothing. All they have to do is say, “Fine, Mr. President, We’ll play in your ball court”. Now, if the whole plan falls flat within say the next three years. Americans will be focusing their attention on Democrats who said it was such a great idea. Republicans will have all the ammo they need. Some moderates are saying, “Gee what about the millions who lose out here”? Well, there is not much we can do about that. You have a mandatory program, endorsed by the United States Supreme Court, and mandatory funding is locked in. Make your statement. This is a bad plan, a bad idea, a train wreck waiting to happen, can’t even get it out of the station, much less on the right track. that’s it, we said what we said, nothing more to say, and we will settle this thing one way or the other come November 2016. Case closed, let’s move on.
As for the Tea Party, shut up, and learn the fine art of politics. Lesson one…..Comprmise.
Well, that’s my point of view. What do you think? Drop a line.
As usual, I look forward to your insights on the subjects of the day, whatever they may be.
Have a great day and as usual……………..God Bless America!