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GOP Game Plan

July 10th, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Here’s what’s brewing on the Hill:

After more than two years of voting repeatedly and unsuccessfully to repeal the health care law, Republicans believe they are getting traction thanks to what they see as the Obama administration’s self-inflicted wound over the employer mandate.

House leaders began devising strategies that would most likely start this month with multiple votes, the first to codify the one-year delay on the employer mandate, then another to demand a delay on the individual mandate. They calculate that Democrats would first vote to back the administration’s decision, and would then have a hard time opposing the second measure.

I’m of two minds on this one. As a patriot, anything to delay or repeal any part of this monstrosity of a “reform” law is good for the country, good for the economy, and good for our people. As a practical man, I might council a different tack. What if instead of using this clusterfudge as a way to try and fix the unfixable, the GOP used it as one of those teachable moments? Pass legislation, bring suits to court, anything to force the Administration to comply with its own impossible legislation?

The law says “do it by 2014.” Well — make them do it. Make them accountable. Make them live with the consequences of the horrible legislative rape they committed against the country back in 2010.

The GOP would take some lumps too, sure. But it’s a bigger lose for the Democrats, and I think that’s vital in this case.

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The Stupid Party's stupid move.

Obama: Obamacare would have solved all of our nation's health care problems if the Republicans were more responsible, now they break Obamacare, they own it.

If they were not Stupid, they would have let the individual mandates stand and watch how the Democrats stew from the rages instead of directing the rages onto themselves.

Really believe there should be a third party. The Stupid party is too far gone and is not worth saving.
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"You made your bed, now lie in it." On the other hand, why "cut off our nose to spite our face"? (Why write something original when old saws are perf -- I mean, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it.")

Yeah, forcing full implementation might -- MIGHT -- teach Americans a lesson, the hard way. But what would be left of us? What would the lesson be? Something like "if you drink and drive you can wind up paralyzed from the jaws down for the rest of your life"? Okay, lesson learned. And now will somebody please come and brush my teeth?

No, I say salvage what we can of America. Hack down the individual mandate and shout from the rooftops, "We got the same deal for you that Obama wanted as an exclusive for Big Business!" Demoralize Obama to the point that Valerie Jarrett has to uncurl him from his fetal position with a steamroller, make Obamacare the poster bill for the non-viability of Big Government, leave the Clintons to triangulate into some post-Leibniz geometry, and propose an alternative that puts individual Americans back in charge. There's about a dozen of them sitting around at Forbes.
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The GOP should only bring a suit to force implementation if they're determined to be the sacrificial lamb for the advent of a third-party Tea Party.

If I were king, I'd slip some cash (through a blackmailable cutout) to a center-left group to do the job.
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I think this will be more a case of "choose the path of least resistance" for the GOP.

And that, strangely enough, might be to repeal ObamaCare.

But I also expect private citizens to file suit against the individual mandate now that Obama has reneged against the employer mandate. That'll be interesting.
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Except I don't see how a private citizen has standing to sue. Obama didn't suspend the employer mandate, he just suspended the reporting requirement, making the mandate unenforceable. It's hard to see how a private citizen can claim to be harmed because his employer didn't send paperwork to the IRS. Especially since the Supreme Court has demonstrated a habit of using standing as a way to dodge tough decisions.

Maybe the Speaker of the House has standing to get the Judicial branch to require the Executive to enforce the law as passed by his chamber?
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I think this will be more a case of "choose the path of least resistance" for the GOP.

And that, strangely enough, might be to repeal ObamaCare.


If so, I would have to proclaim from the rooftops that miracles do happen, even in D.C. of all places.
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