Bill Murchison

Such are the points Republicans indeed will make. Democrats, by the same token, will come back and say, hold on, that's not right and here's why. When they do, they had better have their facts and figures straight if they mean to engage in robust and nourishing floor debate with the likes of congressmen Paul Ryan from Wisconsin and Mike Pence from Indiana, who know at least as much about Obamacare as its watchful guardians on the Democratic policy side claim to know.

Nor will Speaker John Boehner essay to gavel down Ryan, Pence and their allies. He will insist they be heard -- not to the exclusion of competing viewpoints, but rather to the end that we finally figure out the implications of this law that Mrs. Pelosi was so eager that we should embrace on the purity of her testimony and that of like-minded others.

No, repeal isn't going to happen this year. Something transcendently marvelous might happen instead -- the infusion of understanding into this complex and vexing debate. And not only that. In consequence of such understanding, we might sense some way of finally solving the health care problem -- which Republicans as well as Democrats acknowledge to be a problem -- through better, cheaper, broader use of freedom-preserving marketplace measures.

Last year, the Obamacare Democrats told America to shut up and do as we say. Now they have to explain why and how. It's going to be fun listening in.


Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
 
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