George Will comes up with a master plan to have Obamacare repealed. As you might expect it’s a genteel and perhaps effete scheme, smelling faintly of Old Spice.
The government should not be closed; the debt ceiling will be raised. Republicans should, however, take to heart the last words of H.L. Mencken’s summation of Theodore Roosevelt: “Well, one does what one can.” Republicans can give Democrats a ruinous opportunity to insist upon unpopular things.
Like healthcare for the millions. That should go over like a noisy root canal.
House Republicans can attach to the continuing resolution that funds the government, and then to the increase in the debt ceiling, two provisions: Preservation of the ACA requirement — lawlessly disregarded by the administration — that members of Congress and their staffs must experience the full enjoyment of the ACA without special, ameliorating subsidies. And a one-year delay of the ACA’s individual mandate.
Let me translate from the Effing Will (we read this bullcrap so you don’t have to, blah blah). The evil lawless “subsidies” were created when Sen. Chuck Grassley, grampa-goat from Iowa, thought he could score a political gotcha. He brought up legislation to force Congress members and their staffs out of their current Federal insurance and into Obamacare. Disappointingly, for Chuck, Democrats replied with a ‘Fine whatever’ and the thing was done.
But there was this: What about the compensation these people had been getting in the form of an insurance subsidy? What about the payments the government had been sending to their health insurers on their behalf? The administration decided that the money should be used for their Obamacare plan. The former insurance subsidy would become their current insurance subsidy. Fair enough. Otherwise perhaps, I don’t know, you could offer it back to the employee as a sort of bonus? Don’t ask me.
Anyway, the decision rankled George. That’s really a “special, ameliorating subsidy.” It’s cheating. It’s dastardly. And if Congress should vote to strip themselves of this payment, though they’d always had it, and pay even more for insurance, then a keg of political dynamite will have been lit. Danger.
By vetoing legislation because of these provisions, and by having his vetoes sustained by congressional Democrats, Obama will underscore Democrats’ devotion: Devotion to self-dealing by the political class, and to the principle that only powerful interests (businesses), not mere citizens, can delay the privilege of complying with the ACA.
Get that? First, the hot potato will fly through Congress (which includes the Senate, I remind everybody). But of course Obama, second, will veto it. Then, third, the nation will become enraged. Like this: “You voted away your insurance subsidy but then the president vetoed the bill but you didn’t have enough votes to override the veto? Sparta!” It’s flawless.
Having forced Democrats to dramatize their perverse priorities, Republicans can turn to completing the neutering of this presidency by winning six Senate seats.
Thus giving them control of Congress in 2015. They can immediately legislate the repeal of Obamacare, then have it vetoed by The Invisible Man. Genius.