I wish I could say that I disagreed with what Mr. Erickson wrote. Unfortunately, it sounds all too plausible. I don’t know any more about the two “fix” plans he refers to in the article than what he describes, but if he’s accurate, it does sound like at least a “check,” if not “checkmate” by the democrats.
From: RedState, by: Erick Erickson, November 13th, 2013 at 09:41 AM |
Republicans are walking into a trap and they don’t even realize it.
They are about to consider, in the House of Representatives, legislation by Congressman Upton [R-MI] that would allow people to keep their insurance plans.
There’s a problem though. It is widely acknowledged that Congressman Upton’s legislation is more messaging than substance. His legislation does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies, in the topsy-turvy world of Obamacare, to keep insurance plans going.
But there is a plan than does. Senator Mary Landrieu [D-LA] has written legislation in the United States Senate that the Democrats love. It mandates insurance companies have to keep people on their present insurance. The GOP is supposedly against mandates and against government forcing private businesses and individuals into contracts they don’t want.
Here’s what is going to happen.
The House, with the help of a good number of Democrats, will pass the Upton plan and send it to the Senate. Harry Reid will substitute the Landrieu plan and send it back to the House. The House will be forced to either vote for the Landrieu plan or be characterized as siding with insurance companies against people.
In one fell swoop, the Democrats will have the GOP on record saving Mary Landrieu’s re-election in Louisiana by casting her as the one who saved Americans’ health care plans, and also getting on record as really being in favor of fixing Obamacare with the use of mandates.
The GOP is walking right into the trap.
Of course, there has been talk about several different plans to “fix” Obamacare by others as well. I know that I am against any delay unless things improve dramatically and there’s no other choice. I’d prefer to continue to highlight, illustrate, point out, etc. the massive problems with Obamacare while sitting back to watch the public become more aware of what awaits them. The more that plans are cancelled, higher rates are publicized, and spin from the White House is proven to be lies, the more aggrevated the public gets and the likelihood of repeal improves.
If Erickson is right about the scenario and it plays out that way, the pressure on Obama will ease, people will feel like their immediate problem has been fixed (by democrats), and we will have lost an opportunity to relegate Obama to a limp-duck status (both impotent and lame).