Have you noticed the uptick in articles bemoaning ObamaCare as its “implementation” draws closer? I really haven’t either. Sure the article still pops up telling us how unworkable, intrusive, and evolving this law is, but the collective silence that is responding to this “news” is deafening.
Ya know, I have to take that back. Just last night, I received a recorded phone plea from Mike Huckabee asking for money to buy airtime in “key states” to promote repealing ObamaCare. (Sorry, I could not find a link to the specific message, but you probably heard something very similar already.)
It wasn’t the recorded message that got me irritated, but the conversation I had with the poor volunteer who spoke to me afterwards. It started innocent enough, with a question if I was aware that signing up for the exchanges begins in two months. Well, it happens we own a private practice – and are well aware of “more than anyone wants to know” about ObamaCare.
Anyhow – Mr. Huckabee’s plan was to flood the airwaves and raise the public’s opposition to ObamaCare. Now, it is my understanding that the public is already quite opposed to ObamaCare.
If public opinion is not the hurdle to overcome for getting rid of this law, why focus on it? I wondered if Mr. Huckabee was aware that just last week Mr. Cantor already conceded to passing another CR (not a budget) and gave away any leverage “we” had towards dealing? Wasn’t it clear to Mr. Huckabee (who, by the way, if seriously wanted to make a change – would not have bowed out of the race for president) the problem rests squarely with John Boehner and House leadership?
I have the same questions for all the pundits writing their pieces on who’s exempted, who’s ready to implement, what the effect is, and who’s changing the law. If this is as disastrous for, not only medicine but the Country (it is!), why are we ignoring the problem? Why is Boehner and leadership getting a pass? Why are the stories not being written about how Republicans have a responsibility to end the implementation of this seizure of freedoms, control, power, and money; the destruction of the world’s most envied healthcare system; and the collapse of provider access?
The poor pollster didn’t have the answers, and was unsure if Mr. Huckabee did. One thing we did establish was, if Mr. Huckabee wants a donation from me, he’d need to change his target priorities. I doubt he will because I was convinced by Congressional votes in 2011 – no one really seems to care. Boehner doesn’t care now that he’s not frozen out of the process, and that apparently is good enough for GOPer.
So march on towards the disaster’s implementation, but let’s be clear that Republicans are now as responsible for this as the Democrats – and have lost their “they passed it without one single Republican vote” argument. Its time we face the facts that O’BoehnerCare would have disappeared two years ago if it wasn’t for “DOPer” support.