by Lisa Mathews
Senators Lee, Cruz and Rubio have gotten a lot of attention recently with their assertion that this is the last chance to rid the world of Obamacare. In the upcoming debt negotiations, they are offering a strategy to refuse to fund Obamacare, even if that means shutting down the government. Now, no one wants the government to shut down, but this may come down to who blinks first. Already pundits and some Republicans are saying that this is a bad strategy claiming that Obama will win eventually and Republicans will have another public defeat that will be difficult to recover from. In the end, some say, the GOP loses.
I say nonsense. Here are 6 reasons why this is a good strategy and we should stand behind it:
1) This really is the last chance to substantially weaken the law. Democrats knew all those years ago that they needed to build in a phased approach to the law. Let’s face it, if Obamacare’s implementation had gone any more quickly, we may have still had the backbone needed to do something about it. But, as it stands, years have gone by and sleepy-eyed members of Congress are tired of fighting Obama, tired of losing. However, since the law has not been implemented yet fully (though the federal worker bees have been busy prepping to take over the free market ever since the bill was signed into law), the GOP does have a card to play here. We would be dumb to not use it to its full advantage.[…]
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