But Then What?


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?


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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.


  • I think you left out a third possibility: that politics is so staunchly anti-bipartisan these days that if the other party has momentum being obstructionist is a political ideology all by itself. I believe in everyday parlance this is known as cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  • I think what’s missing from your option #2 are tax cuts for the insurance companies.

    At any rate, it’s a bleak picture that you’re painting, of what kind of political discourse – or lack thereof – we can expect from the next seven months. But it’s no doubt a very accurate one… Regrettably.

    This whole thing has lost any shred of fact-based debate there ever was to it. I’m not happy with either party’s way of handling this reform. Not the Republicans’ disinformation campaign, and not the Dems’ buttermouth deals, ie. the Louisiana Purchase of 2010. And congressmen are still shouting out in the middle of a session and then conveniently apologizing for it later. There’s almost nothing about this process that hasn’t been bogged down and dirtied up at every conceivable turn.

    I’m not looking forward to the rest of this year, from a political perspective.

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