Friday, March 24, 2017

GOP Screw up? It's not nearly as bad as it looks.

The RINO's took one in the testicular region today, but it's one they've been needing for a long, long time.

The problems with this bill were obvious and the justifications few.  The idea that everyone should hold their noses and vote for this pig, as bad as it is, is as moronic as the local RINO contingent, Rivers, Wilson, Harris and Vick, voting for that idiotic CRC/Loot Rail resurrection because Oregon won't allow anything else.

Back in World War 2, early on, there was a raid on the French coast that was a disaster.

It was the first sizable raid against mainland Europe, and it was a colossal screw up.  But one of the reviews said this:
In all, the operation met with failure due to a number of reasons. However, if the 1,027 men lost (900 of whom were Canadian) and 2,340 captured (again, with a bulk being Canadian) had achieved one objective, it was giving Allied command a valuable, if costly, lesson on amphibious operations. Mountbatten himself said that "for every soldier who died at Dieppe, ten were saved on D-Day". While this statement may have been out of Mountbatten's attempt to save his credibility, it indeed had given the United States the valuable lesson of the difficulty of assaulting a defended port. This experience might have directly influenced General Eisenhower's decision to strike at the beaches at Normandy instead of the nearby port city of Cherbourg (among other targets).
Today's debacle is no exception.

One of the elements of ultimate success is to find out what won't work.  Next time, they'll know what to avoid.

But you cannot claim that repealing Obamacare is your top priority and then, take a half-hearted swing at it by running a bill that would have, ultimately, doubled-down on Obamacare by raising the already horrifically high premiums even higher.

So, yeah.  Democrats are no doubt gloating....

.... for now.

Mistakes were made.  Lessons were learned.  In the best of all worlds, this would result in RINO Ryan's resignation as Speaker.

If a screw up happens like this again, Ryan ought to commit seppuku.  But someone so tone-deaf and blind really, really ought to quit and let someone else have a shot at it.

He and the rest of the establishment had 7 years to put a plan together.  In the interim  since this idiocy was first put into law, the House passed 60 motions to repeal.  And instead of using anyone of them... THIS is the best they could do?

Repeal it.  Set a date certain... say, October 1.  Give the states time to pick up the slack.

And let's move on.

Too simple, of course.

So, yeah, leftists... giggle all you like.

Just remember: if you people hadn't been so monumentally inept and incompetent, your candidate would be president and the insanity of Obamacare wouldn't be the anchor around your necks that it appears to be.

Like Churchill said:
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
And now, let the adults have a shot at it. 

1 comment:

Pete Masterson said...

Agree with you.

A "clean" repeal bill should be passed. Uproot Obamacare 100% remove all mandates and all taxes. Allow Obamacare (much as it is, currently) to continue operating (without mandates or extra taxes) until December 31, 2018 or 2019.

Obamacare will collapse under its own weight. Highly likely that insurance companies will pull out of Obamacare anyway. But the long lead time will quell the panic that a lot of folks who have Obamacare while the market recreates itself as new, better, and cheaper insurance products are introduced. The Secretary of Health can further assist by eliminating many of the worst rules under his authority under the original Obamacare (his regulatory role will continue until the actual ending date of Obamacare).

Allow interstate sales of health insurance policies. Establish a reasonable limit to damages under malpractice or other medical liabilities (such as drugs that have negative consequences for some people).

Set up an initial rule that insurance must be provided for preexisting conditions, so long as the person has been covered by health insurance over the past 3 years with no significant gaps (say 60 days total). That gets rid of the free riders.

Let others with pre-existing conditions purchase insurance through a high risk pool, similar to how auto insurance is handled for bad drivers. While I do not think government should be subsidizing health insurance (including medicare) that is not the issue -- so a subsidy for those "worst case" high-risk individuals might be made available.

The politicians can "debate" the various options -- and the Democrats can participate or not as they wish. But once Obamacare is "dead" by a date-certain, then the Democrats can sit it out and decide how that will play politically for them when they again stand for election.

Of course, politicians tend not to like clean, simple, easy to understand laws. They prefer complex incomprehensible rules that they can then let unrestrained bureaucrats administer.