How to stop Obamacare repeal (and look conservative while you do it)
The country has been abuzz about what a unified republican government means for the Affordable Care Act.
Will Republicans repeal Obamacare?
What will become of the people currently on it?
Do the Republicans have a plan to replace it? Would it work?
No one knows. Though leading republicans like Paul Ryan have indicated that we’ll soon found out. In the meantime, Republican Senator Rand Paul has already come out against repeal due to financial consequences that would follow, and many others have voiced concerns that Republicans have bit off a bit more than they can chew with this one.
And that was all at the beginning of the year. What have we heard since? The president has said he’ll keep the good part, or insure everyone, or… whatever it is it’s going to be great!
Meanwhile, Republicans that are already unsure about what midterms will look like two years into a Trump presidency must also be wondering about the attitudes of constituents on Obamacare.
So what is a conservative house member to do?
I’m no expert but I am a big fan of the poison pill. Just throw it all in. Abortion bans, debt ceilings, minimum wage eliminations, you name it, throw it in. All good conservative principles that can never pass in a million years, at least not in a single bill.
And the fight will be glorious with every 2020 hopeful going nuts on the floor shouting Bible verses and classic conservative talking points. Even Mitch McConnell could get his hopes up.
If it ever even cleared the House, the president or the courts would tear it to shreds and the GOP would have given their people what it thinks they want: a show of moral principle and an act self servitude.
That’s how politics is done. Provide the theater for the constituents to consume and try to steal what you can to buy the votes back home. Politicians believe Americans want politics to consume like Netflix or YouTube. They want to turn on the TV and feel entertained and also productive. They are doing their civic duty, staying informed.
The GOP had better hope so, or they might have to make the tough choices and own the outcomes.
Between the Women’s March, the spontaneous protests at the nation’s airports and the constant stream of anti-Trump movements, the old paradigm may be shifting.
American politics is passing from a nation of consumers to a nation of social media self-promoters. Technology can make the famous, and a protest is the perfect opportunity for some self-expression.
So the GOP better play this one right. The poison pill can’t go down, but the fight to swallow had better look authentic. There had better be grand speeches, Twitter posts, even town halls as long as it’s in a safely red state.
Political theater just got riskier, but more important than ever for the actors. Only the greatest and luckiest may come out on the other side. The name of the game is authenticity, and those that can fake it have a bright future ahead of them.