Since the 2008 election, we know Democrats largely have been in favor of ObamaCare while Republicans have been against it. Very few Congressional Democrats voted against it in 2010 and not one Congressional Republican voted for it. Now that it is 2013 and full implementation of this bad law is nearly upon us, some of those lines have blurred.
Democratic Montana Sen. Max Baucus, who is one of the authors of the law, said a couple of months ago that ObamaCare was a “train wreck” waiting to happen. The Big Labor Unions, which fought for ObamaCare, are now against it. Retired Chicago city workers, who are mostly Democrat, are looking to file a lawsuit against the city because Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was Obama’s Chief of Staff at the time ObamaCare was passed, has said he is moving them off the city’s health insurance plan and into ObamaCare. Those Congressional Democrats, who voted FOR ObamaCare, have voted to exempt themselves from it. Oh, and the White House (that of the Obama in ObamaCare) also will be exempt from ObamaCare.
There is a movement among many conservatives to defund ObamaCare. They want a vote in Congress this fall. Conservative Republican leaders like Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah are leading the charge. Various conservative and Tea Party groups also are pushing for the defunding of ObamaCare.
However, many Republicans are reluctant to support the Defund ObamaCare movement. Their concern is that it could lead to a government shutdown. Government shut downs normally hurt Republicans as it seems most Americans do not like the idea of a government shutdown. Apparently Obama and Congressional Democrats are itching for the Republicans to try and shut down the government in order to defund ObamaCare.
I see both sides. Because a continuing resolution will be voted on in order to keep the government funded, this fall is a great opportunity to defund ObamaCare. However, it would only pass in the House. It would fail in the Democratic-controlled Senate and obviously Obama would not sign any legislation that would defund the health care plan that bears his name.
The pro-defund ObamaCare conservatives believe that it is possible to separate the general budget from the monies needed for ObamaCare. They also believe that with the overall displeasure of the American public regarding ObamaCare that an effort to stop it would receive the public’s approval. While not completely sold on the Defund ObamaCare movement, I do tend to agree with those sentiments.
Let’s face it, ObamaCare is bad policy. It was bad from the start and it’s only getting worse. Don’t believe me because I am a conservative partisan? Then, let’s let real life prove the way. So far this year, major companies such as UPS and the University of Virginia have announced they will no longer provide health insurance coverage to their employee’s spouses. Because of ObamaCare. Delta Airlines said its health insurance costs will increase by $100 million in 2014. Because of ObamaCare. Many businesses like clothing store Forever XXI have dropped just about all of their full-time employees to part time. Because of ObamaCare. So far in 2013, of the roughly 925,000 new jobs this year, about 750,000 of them have been part time, not full time. Because of ObamaCare. Many will see their health care premiums increase by at least 20 percent in 2014. Because of ObamaCare.
Still don’t believe me because I am a conservative partisan? Then, let the unions tell the tale. Leaders of three of the most influential unions – The Teamsters, UFCW and UNITE-Here, wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid that said, “Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
Pretty strong words: “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week,” and “shatter our hard-earned health benefits.” The letter goes on to say, “The unintended consequences of the ACA are severe. Perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.”
And then in conclusion, the union leaders wrote: “On behalf of the millions of working men and women we represent and the families they support, we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and wellbeing of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans.
We believe that there are common-sense corrections that can be made within the existing statute that will allow our members to continue to keep their current health plans and benefits just as you and the President pledged. Unless changes are made, however, that promise is hollow.”
Pretty damning stuff, huh? So, what should the Republicans do? Fight to defund ObamaCare or let it continue? I am in favor of trying to defund it. Sure, the Democrats and media will slam the Republicans as much as they possibly can. But I think Republicans can successfully fight back with effective advertising.
An effective television advertising campaign should start with then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying, “We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it.” Then an announcer says, “This is what we now know.” The ad then cuts to some spouses of UPS workers who say, “Because of ObamaCare, I no longer have health insurance. President Obama said to us that if we liked out health insurance we could keep it. That was a categorical lie.” The ad then cuts to a formerly full-time worker who is now a part-time worker: “Because of ObamaCare, I now work less than 30 hours a week and lost my health insurance. I now need to find another part-time job just to make ends meet.” The ad then highlights some of the key aspects of the union letter noted earlier. Phrases like “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week,” “the consequences of the Affordable Care Act are severe,” “nightmare scenarios.” And then the ad closes with: Defund ObamaCare to save YOUR job.
Another ad can be like the Harry and Louise ads when the Clintons sought to get HillaryCare passed in 1993 and 1994. This ad would have a married couple sitting at the breakfast table and the husband says, “I don’t know what we’re going to do, honey. My company is dropping you from health care coverage because of ObamaCare.” The wife then says, “And President Obama told us if we liked out health care coverage, we could keep it. And he told us if we liked our doctor, we could keep him. But the reality is none of that is true.” The ad closes with the headline: Defund ObamaCare so YOU can keep YOUR health insurance.
And then there are all the extended deadlines for various ObamaCare mandates as well as just plain missed deadlines. Many of the ObamaCare mandate extensions, which were to go into effect the end of this year and early next year, conveniently have been pushed back until AFTER the mid-term elections in November 2014. Funny, how that works, huh?
Bring it to the people. Personalize it with true to life stories, true headlines. The country never really supported ObamaCare. The numbers against it are rising. ObamaCare is damaging the economy. It is damaging the workforce. It is damaging the country. Now is the time to get rid of it. Before it does any more harm.