NO ONE (health)CARES!
You know when you see that disaster about to happen and all you can do is shake your head. Well that’s how I feel about the Republicans’ plans for their new control of the house. Soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner has “vowed to dismantle the healthcare ‘monstrosity’” according to the LA Times. This is a TERRIBLE idea for Republicans.
I’m not going to defend the healthcare bill, I’m saying strategically, Republicans are about to make the exact same mistake Democrats made. Very few people care about healthcare even when they do have jobs, let alone now when unemployment is hitting 10 percent. When the Dems had control all they really accomplished was healthcare (or at least this was the perception, which is all that matters) and we saw how it worked out for them. People voted them out because they felt like there was too much time spent on this arcane bill and not enough effectively stimulating the economy. Now Republicans are going to focus on “repealing Obamacare” because that’s what they campaigned on, but anything they do will be vetoed, meaning that they will have nothing to show for their control of Congress. Americans want results.
Here’s what the Republicans should do, nothing but jobs bills. Job bill after job bill after job bill. Stuff that will get them credit if it passes or blow up in the Senate’s/President’s faces if they stymie it. The Republicans own the narrative right now, but if they make it all about killing healthcare, they will be as dumb as the 60 now dismissed Congressmen and women whose jobs they now have.