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ObamaCare Repeal: Extracting Poison From Witch’s Brew

In Obamacare on 28/03/2010 at 08:01

While Republicans seem to be united in Congress on a Repeal and Replace strategy for ObamaCare, across the GOP landscape others are singing a different tune. Party players like Mike Huckabee are pointing out that the new law has “some good things” that Americans will like. Which is like saying, “The coffee tastes good, but that arsenic’s a killer!”

The truth is, every congressman and senator who stood before a microphone this week shaking his fist and vowing to repeal this multi-trillion dollar train wreck is being less than truthful. Any effort to repeal nationalized health care in toto will require an overwhelming majority in both houses of Congress and a Republican in the White House.

So Huckabee is right in one respect. ObamaCare will never be repealed. The Democrats will now begin a spin campaign to sell the product, and some so-called moderate Republicans like Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins will go along with it.

That’s called compromise. Look for Republicans to begin to peel away from those so-called “good things” in the law.

This is why the Republicans may not win big in November. They do not yet get it. They are just about as disconnected with mainstream America as the Democrats. Public distaste is not so much for Democrats as it is for Washington politics in general. One reason Sarah Palin has such appeal to Tea Party conservatives is that she doesn’t play big time politics. In Alaska, even after her election as governor, she was a pariah with the party honchos.

Palin is right on this point: The GOP must make an effort to form coalitions with nationwide Tea Parties if they are to succeed in November. That is the only hope for throwing out national health care in 2013.

Huckabee favors court challenges and they may be the best hope unless the GOP razes the Democrats in the midterms, but it can take years, and even then will not totally remedy the damage.

It remains to be seen how this will play out in November; it may be a Democrat rout and the GOP may regain control. That and a joint congressional and presidential win in 2012 can minimize the worst effects of ObamaCare, but that is a long way off.

Third party candidates could, however, thwart GOP chances for complete control, and, if the Democrats retain their majority, it is full speed ahead on, not only health care, but also a wide-sweeping range of other laws to nationalize the country.

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