An unfair narrative has taken hold over the past year or so as the battle has raged on over health care reform. That insidious lie has been perpetrated by President Obama and his minions, pressed by Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid, and repeated endlessly by the Leftists of Obama’s Christian de Neuvillette media. Naturally, that narrative is that Republicans aren’t interested in health care reform and would be (all together now), “satisfied with the status quo”. (Of course, lost in that lie is that apparently, but for the buy-offs, the Democrats are similarly “satisfied” were it not for the quid pro quo. But I digress…)
But the fact is Republicans do have a plan (have for over a year), and have touted it. That the media and the rest of the Left purposely ignores it and continues to lie about our satisfaction with the current health care situation is just par for the course…it’s to be expected.
Procedurally speaking, hearing future Speaker Boehner yesterday
threaten promise to repeal the Stalinization of Health Care Act of 2010 if it passes and Republicans as a result regain the House is heartening to the base for sure. (Its impracticality before 2013 notwithstanding.) On the other hand, that doesn’t address the overwhelming number of Americans who genuinely want health care legislation passed. To be sure, they don’t want this mess, and they would likely be much more amenable to the Republicans’ plan.
So consider how much more effective we’d have been in defeating this disaster for our Nation if, instead of promising things like repeal if it goes through, sounding a narrative like: Hey, how about instead of these socialists ramming through this plan that you clearly don’t like, you give us the reigns, and we’ll make OUR health care reform Agenda Item Number One starting in January 2011!
Americans want health care reform. With Obama’s plan, they don’t get it till 2014 anyway. Why haven’t Republicans made real reform of health care their number one issue? Touting it as a neo-Contract with America? If that’s what Americans want, why haven’t Republicans made it a bigger issue for their own campaigns? By chasing after the Democrats’ disastrous plan, we’re not even taking our own advice: To look to the polls and address Americans’ concerns.
Representative Boehner would do better to promise not (just) repeal, but an actual health care reform bill from the 112th Congress if he is “lucky enough” to become speaker.
Tell you what…promising another shot at actual reform that Americans want would probably win more undecided Democratic fence-sitters to the “no” camp on the current legislation than just threatening to boot them if they go the other way.
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from TML)