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The GOP’s Next Strategy to Fight Obamacare

The repeal or defund caucus readies for another go, but the replace caucus has ammo for their strategy moving forward.

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Bill Straub

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October 24, 2013 - 12:02 am
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Alexander suggested one way to end Obamacare – “elect more Republicans.”

“The best way to do it is to take over the government,” Alexander said. “Elect some more senators. Elect a president. Put in a bill. That’s our constitutional system.”

Unlike either Cruz or McConnell, Alexander, the ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has a plan for replacing Obamacare. It includes providing governors with more flexibility in operating state Medicaid programs, strengthening workplace wellness programs, permitting small businesses to pool their resources and offer lower-cost insurance plans for employees, expanding opportunities for consumers to purchase insurance across state lines and providing greater access to health savings accounts.

Alexander said his plan offers “step-by-step reforms that would reduce the costs of healthcare.”

Alexander isn’t alone in advocating for a process known as “repeal and replace.” The House Republican Study Committee, a conservative group within the GOP caucus, also has offered an Obamacare alternative that it intends to continue pursuing.

“American families and businesses deserve and demand real solutions to the serious problems that exist in our healthcare system,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the committee chairman. “The RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act is a common-sense bill that will lower costs using conservative, free-market solutions which give American families more choices without the unworkable mandates and billions in taxes included in President Obama’s healthcare law.”

The 200-page bill offers $20,000 in tax deductions to families and a $7,500 deduction to individuals to purchase insurance from vendors in any state — thus, supporters say, allowing people to save money by selecting lower-cost providers.

The measure also offers altered proposals to some of the more popular aspects of Obamacare – creation of a $25 billion fund to lower costs for those afflicted with pre-existing conditions, permitting people to carry their insurance from job to job and permitting coverage for adult children up to age 26.

“By allowing people to buy health insurance across state lines and pool together so small businesses and families can get the same buying power as large corporations, we can lower costs and increase choices while removing Washington bureaucrats from your healthcare decisions,” Scalise said.

But no one seems to have developed a strategy of repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a package of free market alternatives more to the liking of conservative lawmakers. Regardless, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee and 2012 Republican nominee for vice president, urged that the fight go forward.

“The way I see it, our job is to preserve our values in the 21st century,” Ryan said during an appearance at the recent Values Voters Summit in Washington DC.

“We need to completely rethink government’s role in healthcare,” he said. “That means we can never give up on repealing and replacing Obamacare.”

In an op-ed that originally appeared in USA Today, Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), a family physician for more than 30 years before entering Congress, insisted that “Obamacare is just the latest bad law needing repeal.”

“That’s why we fought Obamacare through this difficult debate, and that’s why this is just one round and why we must continue to fight on,” he said.

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Washington freelancer Bill Straub is former White House correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service.

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The GOP Establishment insists that the only course of action to end Caesarcare is to elect more Republicans ... and will not support any other course of action.

This is beginning to go beyond blind faith in politics-as-usual. Sounds awfully self-serving to me ... in fact, it smacks of extortion.

Especially given how Democrats went around the rules, twisted arms, and bought votes to get this lipstick-smeared pig of a law to pass.

For the GOP Establishment, is it more important to advance the virtual-reality game of politics than it is to stand on sound principle?
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"It includes providing governors with more flexibility in operating state Medicaid programs, strengthening workplace wellness programs, permitting small businesses to pool their resources and ......."

Blah, blah, more big government, blah, blah.... Why can't these republican nimrods get it? Just shut down obamacare and leave us alone! We don't need some frigging big government program, to replace a big government program. This is exactly the kind of talk that confirms my contention, that the current republican "leadership" only opposes obamacare, because they aren't the ones in charge of it. If they had their way, we'd be stuck with "republicare", and it would be just as big a disaster.
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Given the choice between a leader (Ted Cruz) who actually fights hard against Democrat outcomes and specifically fights to stop funding of Obamacare and a leader (Mitch McConnell) who doesn't ever fight but like to stage phony symbolic votes that have no impact, I will follow Ted Cruz. We are now five years into Obamacare and the Republicans who have power in Congress, have fully funded it every step of the way, choosing not to use their Constitutionally granted power. And so a law that is hugely unpopular and is destroying the American economy and American freedom is allowed to continue year after year, while Mitch McConnell and Lamar Alexander do absolutely nothing to fight it.

I am sick to death of being lead by losers like McConnell and Boehner. I will not follow them one step further. But I will do all I can to support Ted Cruz, financially and by supporting his cause, because he is willing to actually put his actions behind his words. And also, when I see John McCain fighting against Ted Cruz, I know I am on the right side.
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The Republican Party has Rino-Virus. The Tea Party pledges to eradicate this fatal, debilitating illness next election.
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We don't need to elect more Republicans. We need to elect more conservatives who are willing to put the country's future ahead of their own political future.
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Primary more Republicans. Elect more Tea Party Republicans. That's a winning strategy for voters.
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The 7 Republican Senators Most Vulnerable to a Primary
http://atr.rollcall.com/the-7-republican-senators-most-vulnerable-to-a-primary/
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"Like Cruz, McConnell wants to kill Obamacare."

I judge a man by what he does, not what he says he wants to do. McConnell is supporting Obamacare by what he does. Ted Cruz is actually doing something to raise awareness and oppose it. Who is running against McConnell again?
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Regardless of whom we support, Commander Zero is already hitting us with the cudgel of the next assault on the GOP: immigration. As far as he is concerned, 0care will "take care of itself" and no one in the slimestream media will criticize him on that subject, NO MATTER WHAT! So, look out for the next hammer. Could we, perhaps, be a little bit better prepared this time??? Probably too much to ask.
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Why doesn't the GOP just use laws to shut down obamacare?
Obamacare came from SCOTUS Constitutional as a tax. All new taxation must originate in the House which obamacare did not.
Why not just take the closing of obamacare to the courts?
If it's a tax, it's illegal. If it's a penalty, it's unconstitutional.
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When individuals/businesses are hit with the tax, especially if they cannot sign up for the exchanges, then a class action lawsuit can be initiated. Which was/is Roberts' plan from the beginning. He stated as clearly as he could that it is OUR choice to limit government, not his as one justice, even Head of the USSC.
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OK, DC Republicans. Find a replacement plan you can agree on and make that the platform. Pound on it until the Dems come to the table. Every horror story should be met with a demand to replace the mess. Simple repeal is not going to happen. Do some politics and freeze Obama out of the process just like he chose to be frozen out the last time.
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If their next strategy involves any more Republican self-immolations on the Capitol steps, count me out.
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Well, if they were REAL self-immolations ...
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"...how does the party accomplish the commonly held objective of bringing the ACA to a quick and bloody end since the Senate as presently composed would never go along? And, even if the upper chamber agreed, the president would issue a quick veto that could never gain the votes to be overturned."
They can't. We're @#$%ed. The socialists have won. Here comes communism...

In the meantime, I'm voting third-party as a stance against the RINOs that have taken over.
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The DNC should give out plaques ...
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What? You missed the curtain raisers in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid? More like, here is Communism to stay. Who'd a thunk the victors of the Cold War would decide the only problem with Communism was the Russians were the wrong people to make it work!
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In hindsight Cruz and Lee were right, and the media attack dogs for B.O. were once more shown to be biased, wrong and not media but propaganda.
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