Skip to comments.The Coming Consequences of Obamacare
Posted on 03/22/2010 3:28:16 PM PDT by Kaslin
For some of the brightest, most politically aware people in the country, the yearlong debate over the Democrats' national healthcare plan has been an inspiring experience. It has inspired them to run for Congress as Republicans. Dr. Larry Bucshon is one of them.
A heart surgeon in Evansville, Ind., Bucshon watched the first months of Barack Obama's presidency with growing alarm. "It became clear to me that what he said in the campaign -- big government, more spending, more federal-government control -- was what he was really going to do," says Bucshon.
By last summer, as the president and congressional Democrats turned to health care, Bucshon was thinking about running for the House from Indiana's 8th District. By October, he had joined the race. Bucshon is just one of what House GOP leaders believe is the best class of new candidates in many years
"So far, our successful recruitment efforts have helped produce over 95 top GOP recruits," says Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who is leading the recruitment drive for the National Republican Congressional Committee. And those are just the hot prospects in potentially winnable districts; there will also be Republican challengers for even the safest Democratic seats.
Talk to the new candidates, and they're worried about the entire scope of Obama policy. But an indicator of the specific effect of Obamacare is the unusually large number of new recruits -- 31 -- who come from the medical profession. Twenty-four are doctors. The GOP already has a significant advantage in the number of physicians-turned-lawmakers -- at the Obama healthcare summit, the Republicans brought three doctors to the table, while the Democrats brought none -- and that advantage will probably grow in 2011.
That gives them a special authority on what will surely be a continuing debate over Obamacare. "I think it will basically decimate the healthcare system in America," Bucshon says. "The number of doctors who are going to retire, and the number of young people who are no longer going to go into medicine, will be massive." But no matter what line of work the candidates come from, Republicans are growing more and more confident.
"When we started out recruiting, right after the Obama win, the president had an approval rating of about 72 percent and we had just gotten through losing about 50 seats in the last two cycles," says Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who is playing a key role the GOP effort. "It wasn't easy to recruit anybody." Then came Democratic overreach -- stimulus, cap and trade, health care. After that came GOP victories in the Virginia and New Jersey governors' races. And then came Scott Brown's Senate win in Massachusetts. A trickle of good candidates turned into a flood
There is Stephen Fincher in Tennessee, Cory Gardner in Colorado, Dennis Ross in Florida, Vaughn Ward in Idaho, Andy Harris in Maryland, Steve Stivers in Ohio, Pat Meehan in Pennsylvania, Tim Griffin in Arkansas and others. Westmoreland has talked to a lot of potential candidates in recruiting trips across the country. He hears the same thing over and over again. "Ninety-five percent say, 'I never really thought about running for Congress,'" says Westmoreland. "They say, 'I'm doing this to try to right the ship, to put the country back on the right course.'"
What are their chances? By historical standards, the party out of power would probably pick up seats this November, but all signs point to something much bigger than that. Last month, the respected political analyst Charlie Cook raised a lot of eyebrows when he told National Journal, "It's very hard to come up with a scenario where Democrats don't lose the House." Democrats bristle when Republicans tell them they're committing political suicide by pushing so hard on health care. Democratic strategists point out that Republicans don't exactly have their best interests at heart. But don't listen to what Republicans say. Watch what they do.
The new candidates deeply believe the Obama administration has put the country on the wrong track. They sense weakness in Democrats who had to be strong-armed into voting for Obamacare. They feel the support of growing numbers of voters in their districts. They're running hard, and they're most likely going to leave a bunch of Democrats without jobs. Obamacare will have consequences.
Good consequences I pray, we have been in the wilderness for a long time with Clinton and the Bush family in charge.
Election Day is November 2nd. It’s gonna be a bloodbath! I can’t wait!
Elections have consequences.
And they WILL continue to do so.
November is going to be payback time.
There is a revolution in the minds occuring in our nation.
Polls are proving this out, seven months of learning what this putrid foul bill holds will only serve to wake more up.
This is the Pearl Harbor of the culture war.
***Election Day is November 2nd. Its gonna be a bloodbath! I cant wait!***
How much more damage will these clowns do to our nation before they are removed from office!
I heard this on Bennett this morning. The number of doctors if elected was noted by one of my conservative friends after telling him of it as the GOP MD Caucus. Not that in itself that is a good thing (think of some of the DNC Caucasus), but 20 to 30 something members who can discuss the negative effects as an MD to the average citizen would have a pronounced effect.
After we boot out the vulnerable socialists in Congress in November, we need to immediately move to impeach Pelosi and Reid, if either is still in office, and then begin impeachment proceedings against the O for corruption and abuse power. Unlike with Clinton, we will not stop at taking his law license away for a few months.
Obama can always follow his friend Hugo's example and import Cuban doctors. They will have the advantage of being able to speak to the illegal aliens in their native tongue (at least the great majority of the illegals).
Coming soon: Hiroshima
Payback's a beotch.
I used to work with a leftist doctor. He kept going on and on about how awful the American system is. I wanted to beat him senseless.
I hope the Republicans are saavy enough run and fund candidates even in those district they are unlikely to win. It is important to bleed and tie down every the Democrat candidate. Force them to spend money they would not have otherwise spent.
What I’m wondering is; where are these 15,000 new IRS enforcers going to come from, the welfare roles, New Black Panther Party?
Could this be the Nexus of Barry’s civilian police force to bring about “social justice”?
“What Im wondering is; where are these 15,000 new IRS enforcers going to come from, the welfare roles, New Black Panther Party?”
Like the rest of 0bama’s lackeys, they probably won’t be hired for their math skills.
“Let’s hope they don’t recruit at Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s”
It wouldn’t surprise me at all.