With voters now living with the reality of Obamacare, and with Obama’s latest approval ratings hovering just above the percentage of people who believe in Bigfoot, the GOP suddenly confronts the challenge facing the proverbial dog who has chased cars for years and has unexpectedly caught one: What do we do now?
It is easy enough to bark about repealing Obamacare when there is no realistic chance of having to make it happen. But now that the Obamacare Speedster has four flat tires and a blown engine, it is decision time for the Republican Party.
Was all the 2012 campaign talk about repealing Obamacare just red meat for the GOP base, or will the Republicans muster the political will to do what they said they would do?
A quick scan of the current political environment says that, for once, the Republicans might be able to roll back a liberal initiative, rather than just slowing it down. Evidence is mounting daily of the magnitude of Obamacare’s failure, and polls show overwhelming willingness across the political spectrum to alter or even repeal Obamacare.
But can a party that couldn’t agree on conservative efforts to defund Obamacare really muster the courage to fight for its outright repeal?
According to Alexander Bolton of The Hill, one strategy being discussed by tea party favorites such as Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) is to let the disastrous launch of Obamacare follow its natural course. With millions losing their coverage and others facing stunning increases in premium costs, it may no longer be necessary for the GOP to try to the limited options of defunding or delaying Obamacare. Obamacare may now be making the case for its own repeal.
Though there is undoubtedly an element of righteous we-told-you-so to this strategy, there is also some sound logic. It was Benjamin Franklin who warned us that “experience keeps a dear school, but a fool will learn in no other.” The voters chose Obama twice in spite of his unpopular takeover of the healthcare system, and sometimes voters need to learn the hard way that elections have consequences, and that no amount of charisma, sweet rhetoric, and political theater can change that reality.