If you paid any attention at all to the health care debate in 2009 and 2010 you will remember that GOP leaders offered up a slew of market based health care solutions. You may also recall that Democrats in both the House and Senate blocked nearly every GOP idea from being considered as part of ObamaCare. As much as anything else that explains why not a single Republican (and a number of Democrats) in both houses of Congress voted against it. Democrats went ahead anyway and passed into law a bill that none of them had actually read and now they are stuck with it.
Except that some Dems think the voters are too stupid to remember what happened and thus, they think they can blame the mess THEY created on the GOP. Writing in the Washington Post Jamelle Bouie writes a column titled "We can fix the problems with the ‘employer mandate,’ but the GOP won’t let it happen." In it he confronts the Obama Administration's unilateral decision to delay the employer mandate (an action that has no basis in law... does anyone wonder why opponents are skeptical also about the enforcement of immigration law?). Bouie then goes on to say that reforms of ObamaCare are possible only with the help of the GOP:
But such an administrative reform is only possible in a settled political environment, where both sides accept the reality of the Affordable Care Act. As it stands, the Republican Party is still committed to repealing every portion of Obamacare, regardless of the costs. Indeed, after news of the delay broke, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor responded on Twitter with a simple declaration. “Rather than simply delaying the pain, we should go ahead and scrap this entire law before any more damage is done.”So, let's recap: Obama and House and Senate Dems forced this bill down the throat of the American people without reading it and are now in trouble and expect the GOP to bail them out? We've already offered to do so by repealing ObamaCare and starting over with a true compromise on market based solutions. But once again, Democrats want it all their way and yet have the gall to blame the GOP when things go wrong.
Of course, the odds of a full rollback are slim. For it to happen, Republicans would have to win the White House and overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate. The earliest this could happen is 2017, and even then, they would have to deal with the existence of an Obamacare constituency — the millions of Americans who get direct benefits as a result of the law. Repeal is a great slogan, but it’s not a feasible approach.
Republicans don’t care, and that indifference guarantees that — when the administration hits roadblocks in implementing the Affordable Care Act — it will have no choice but to power through them, even when legislation is a better option. The GOP wants Obamacare to fail, and it’s doing all it can to ensure that outcome.
ObamaCare is a failure. Even Dems know it. Retiring Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) called it a "huge train wreck." What do you do in a train wreck? The first thing is GET OUT OF THE WAY! The job will fall to Congressional Republicans to pick up the pieces after the wreck. But unless Democrats are willing to join with the GOP now to stop the train before it goes off the rails by repealing ObamaCare there is nothing more we can do.