Fred J. Eckert

For Republicans, winning enough races next year to take control of the Senate and expand their current majority in the House is suddenly oh so easy.

Democrats are already underwater because of a flood of clear and compelling evidence that Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster. And there’s no end in sight to the rising tide of bad news, which won’t begin to ebb until painfully close to Election Day 2014.

Horrendous as the stories about the damage Obamacare has inflicted upon the individual market have been, certain to be even worse will be news yet-to-come about its damage to both small business plans and large employer plans.

So 2014 will not be a happy new year for any Democratic candidate for Senate or House.

Any hope Democrats have for keeping control of the Senate and avoiding further decline in the House rests entirely on being able to sucker Republicans into joining with them in a bi-partisan effort to postpone Obamacare as presently constituted until after the 2014 elections to help voters forget all the lies, all the sleaze, all the mind-boggling ineptitude -- or else get Republicans to act as if the truly big difference now is merely over which side is better at tricking voters into believing it has the better “fix” for the broken “If you like, you can keep” scam.

What gives Democrats any hope that Republicans could possibly be dimwitted enough to march into obvious traps? A whole lot of recent history.

Republicans need to adopt a “Give Truth a Chance” strategy. Start treating the American people as adults and be completely honest with them. They now realize they’ve been conned – and they know whom to blame.

Level with the American people: there is no quick and easy panacea “fix” for putting back together that Humpty Dumpty “If you like it, you can keep it” promise; that these so-called solutions are just an attempt to create cover for politicians to hide behind; that it’s merely a mindless approach of pretending to solve problems by creating more and worse problems, an open invitation for prolonged, very costly lawsuits, a guarantee of continuing chaos; that it’s just a way for the President and Democrats to try to deflect blame onto the insurance industry for what they themselves brought upon us.

Truth is, this Obamacare mess is going to get worse before it gets…even still worse! Nothing can change this except repeal or postponement. Illusory “fixes” merely compound the fraud. Republicans need to state such truths clearly, loudly and repeatedly. They must relentlessly demonstrate trustworthiness.


Fred J. Eckert

Fred J. Eckert is a former Republican congressman from New York and twice served as a US Ambassador under President Ronald Reagan, who called him “a good friend and valued advisor.”