Since President Obama signed the health care reform package — also dubbed “Obamacare” — into law, Republicans immediately started campaigning to repeal the bill. That can’t possibly happen without them getting the majority in Congress, which they say is entirely possible this election year.
Of course, to guarantee that this actually happens, enough outrage will have to be maintained between now and November. So we have a lot of rhetoric to look forward to over the next six months.
What I’m not hearing — that I’d really, really like to hear — is the inevitable “then what?”
Republicans were so focused on turning health care into Obama’s “Waterloo” that they largely shutdown when it came time to debate, then accused the Democrats of being non-partisan. Now, they’re focusing their tunnel vision on undoing Obamacare, without much of a mention of what they’ll replace it with.
And that, folks, is an important point. So important, in fact, that it ought to be slapping people on the forehead coast to coast.
Because it’s what happens immediately after they’d repeal Obamacare that really tells the story. And the lack of a strong, clear message of what they’d replace Obamacare with, can only mean one of two things:
1. Despite the paper waving when Obama accused the GOP of having no plan of its own, that paper really was blank, and they’ve really got nothing.
or, even worse:
2. They truly believe that the current, pre-Obamacare system is so perfect and so close to the ideal that no modification is necessary.
Logically, there’s no other reasonable explanation.
So as the political hatespeak only gets louder, as Republicans accuse a president who promised to reform health care and was elected by a majority of voters of ignoring the majority of Americans, why aren’t they putting equal amounts of energy in explaining how that massive bill they will replace Obamacare with will save me more money and keep me healthier than I ever dreamed?
Seriously: does anyone honestly believe that our health care system is so perfect without Obamacare that no changes are necessary whatsoever?