A Post-ObamaCare Strategy
By Doug Edelman
April 5, 2010
Now that the Pelosi House has rammed ObamaCare through and the President has signed it, opponents of the legislation have been wringing their hands over what to do next. “Repeal” they shout.
The Obamabot Mainstream Media have already begun the counter-assault by framing the repeal argument as taking back goodies that people are celebrating as “Christmas gifts”! And, of course, taking away something now perceived as an “entitlement” is very difficult.
We must shift our emphasis. The very distraction that caused the bill to pass… focusing on minutiae rather than the overarching unconstitutional power grab and curtailment of liberty… is now threatening any efforts to keep this abomination legislation from going forward.
The uninformed see the bill as a cookiejar of goodies for them. The media hypes “how can you take that away?”
The stock market does not see an immediate drag on the economy, though one is coming down the pike. They do see goodies for Big Pharma. The market rises, and the media hypes “see, Wall Street likes ObamaCare”. (Never mind that Germany’s economy grew after the Enabling Act gave Hitler dictatorial powers… but we all know the results on liberty!)
So what to do?
Firstly, the narrative must focus NOT on abortion, deficits, spending, death panels or any other minutiae. The focus must be on unconstitutional usurping of power and limitation on individual liberty.
Next, along with the states’ lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare, efforts should be made to secure a restraining order from the Supreme Court to prevent ANY provisions of the act from being implemented pending the outcome of legal challenges to its constitutionality.
In addition, the Republicans should come together now and craft the alternative healthcare reform they WOULD have liked passed. Tort Reform, purchases across state lines, small-business cooperative group purchases, etc – and including the acceptable provisions from ObamaCare such as the pre-existing condition changes and denial of coverage changes. The new bill would also begin with the phrasing to the effect that, “ObamaCare is repealed in its entirety and replaced with the following.”
They should ALL Co-Sponsor this bill – written identically in the House and Senate, and introduce the bill as soon as it's written. (Yes, it will never see the light of day in a committe of the 111th Congress.) They should post this “Healthcare Reform Repair Act of 2010” bill online, and all conservative candidates, whether incumbents or challengers, should pledge and campaign that the first act of a conservative majority after the election would be to pass the Healthcare Reform Repair Act!
By writing into the repeal legislation the replacement legislation, and by KEEPING the “goodies” that have been touted in ObamaCare while repealing the Government Takeover… we not only win the policy and ideological battles, but the propaganda battle for public opinion.
The Progressives have awakened the sleeping conservative giant. They have no idea how big and strong that giant is. We have lost a battle, but are regrouping for a counterattack which will decimate their movement.