Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Republicans Can Repeal Obamacare
I have been hammering away at the Republican politicians for the last couple of weeks, particularly those found in Washington DC. It is not that I favor the Democrats in any way, but I find they are slightly less dishonest. At least the Democratic politicians don't usually pretend to be in favor of smaller government. They play their class warfare and lie in other ways, but that is a subject for another day.
The main reason I hammer away at the Republican politicians is because I know there are many Republicans, conservatives, independents, and even libertarians who get duped into thinking that the Republicans are much better than the Democrats, particularly on fiscal issues.
Most Republicans will say they are against Obamacare. The problem is that many of these same Republicans supported Bushcare. That was the massive expansion of Medicare that added a huge prescription drug benefit at the expense of the American taxpayer. It was a massive corporate giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry. It grew the government's unfunded liabilities by trillions of dollars over the next several decades.
Another major problem is that the Republican nominee is the founder of Obamacare. Romneycare was invented in Massachusetts and was practically a blueprint for Obamacare. This is one of the main issues in the 2012 election and this is who the Republicans have put up?
There are two people in the history of America to have signed legislation into law that requires individuals to purchase health insurance or else face fines. It just so happens that those two people are the two main candidates in the 2012 presidential election.
Romney is now going around saying "repeal and replace". He wants to repeal Obamacare. I'm not sure what he wants to replace it with.
If the Republicans really wanted to repeal Obamacare, they can do it without relying on the presidency. The Republicans control the majority in the House of Representatives. All spending is supposed to be approved by the House. The Republicans in the House can simply refuse to fund Obamacare. They can just refuse to pass a budget and shut down the government if they want. They can just cut off funds to the agencies that would implement Obamacare. There are a number of options on how to de-fund it.
The problem is that the Republicans in DC will never do that. They like big government. They just like to tell their constituents that they don't like big government. As long as the suckers out there keep voting for them, then why should they change anything significant and actually do anything to reduce the size of government?