Skip to comments.House GOP: Letís back off and let ObamaCare speak for itself
Posted on 11/04/2013 10:41:29 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Napoleon once said, Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. House Republicans have decided to follow that advice, often reiterated by John Boehner, according to National Journals Tim Alberta and Billy House. Rather than launch a public-relations attack on ObamaCare, theyre going to let it speak for itself and head home for the recess:
Amid the drip-drip-drip of problems surrounding the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans appear to be seriously considering the notion that the best course may be to pipe down and allow Obamacare supporters to continue bleeding.
To put it in context, we should just try to get out of our own damn way for now, said one House GOP leadership aide.
House members left Washington on Thursday and are out this week, giving lawmakers extended time in their districts for constituent services. The timing is perfect for House Republican leaders, who have grown wary of distracting the public from Obamacares wobbly rollout with GOP attacks on the law.
The strategy is a stark contrast to the bombastic tone Republicans struck fighting the law to the point of a government shutdown, and then beyond. And, according to some lawmakers, there was discussion among House members about cancelling the break and staying in Washington to continue hammering the health care law.
But House leaders dismissed that idea, feeling confident that the best thing they can do is step back, be quiet, and let Americans watch Obamacares supporters contend with a faulty website, rising premiums, and an avalanche of policy cancellations.
Essentially, top Republicans believe the negative headlines surrounding the law are doing more damage to the Obamacare brand than any hearing they can conduct or press conference they can stage. The problems speak for themselves, they argue, and Republicans risk overplaying their hand with vocal criticism.
When they return, Darrell Issa still plans to conduct an investigation into the debacle through the Oversight Committee, but that will be to get people on the record and prepare for future policy battles. The strategy now is to stop stepping on the national news stories that erupt every day, sometimes several times a day, detailing the dishonesty and incompetence from the White House that created the Healthcare.gov debacle, and to keep people focused on the horror stories emerging from the Obama administrations manipulations of the health-insurance market.
The Associated Press has a brand-news story today on sticker shock in the individual markets, for instance:
The Griffins are among millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies and are receiving notices that those policies are being discontinued because they dont meet the higher benefit requirements of the new law.
They can buy different policies directly from insurers for 2014 or sign up for plans on state insurance exchanges. While lower-income people could see lower costs because of government subsidies, many in the middle class may get rude awakenings when they access the websites and realize theyll have to pay significantly more.
Those not eligible for subsidies generally receive more comprehensive coverage than they had under their soon-to-be-canceled policies, but theyll have to pay a lot more.
Because of the higher cost, the Griffins are considering paying the federal penalty about $100 or 1 percent of income next year rather than buying health insurance. They say they are healthy and dont typically run up large health care costs. Dean Griffin said that will be cheaper because its unlikely they will get past the nearly $13,000 deductible for the coverage to kick in.
His company pays about $100 monthly for his basic health plan. He said hell now have to pay $600 monthly for a mid-tier silver plan on the state exchange. The family policy also covers his 8-year-old son. Even though the federal government is contributing a $500 subsidy, he said the $600 hes left to pay is too high. Hes considering the penalty.
I feel like theyre forcing me to do something that I dont want to do or need to do, Davis, 40, said.
Meanwhile, a Stage 4 cancer patient writes in the Wall Street Journal that ObamaCare is forcing her to drop the doctors who have kept her alive. Edie Littlefield Sundby lives in California, and until this year had a policy from United Healthcare that had never given her any coverage problems. Thanks to the mandates of ObamaCare, United is pulling out of the individual market in California, and her options dont include keeping her specialists:
You would think it would be simple to find a health-exchange plan that allows me, living in San Diego, to continue to see my primary oncologist at Stanford University and my primary care doctors at the University of California, San Diego. Not so. UCSD has agreed to accept only one Covered California plana very restrictive Anthem EPO Plan. EPO stands for exclusive provider organization, which means the plan has a small network of doctors and facilities and no out-of-network coverage (as in a preferred-provider organization plan) except for emergencies. Stanford accepts an Anthem PPO plan but it is not available for purchase in San Diego (only Anthem HMO and EPO plans are available in San Diego).
So if I go with a health-exchange plan, I must choose between Stanford and UCSD. Stanford has kept me alivebut UCSD has provided emergency and local treatment support during wretched periods of this disease, and it is where my primary-care doctors are.
Before the Affordable Care Act, health-insurance policies could not be sold across state lines; now policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges may not be offered across county lines.
What happened to the presidents promise, You can keep your health plan? Or to the promise that You can keep your doctor? Thanks to the law, I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician.
For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away peoples ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess thats a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps thats the point.
It may not be the point, but its going to be the result as Republicans have warned for years. The media scoffed at the vehement arguments in that period. Maybe they can catch up in the quiet quickly enough to save Edie Littlefield Sundby and all those like her.
They should be out there every day reminding people of Obama’s lies.
The GOPe needs to stay on the attack and point out all of the numbers associated with 0bama's War on America based on
the full-time to part-time fundamental transformation,
The strong incentives for businesses to stay under 50 employees and
the back-breaking 0bamaDonCare rate hikes.
Then point out that 0bama is killing the economy in any number of other ways.
The GOPe needs to learn to kick the 'Rats when the 'rats are down.
The abortion of an insurance law is destroying itself. We don’t need to pipe up or pile on. Just let it speak for itself. Even the media is piling on.
Napoleon once said, Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.And history is quite clear on what happened to Napoleon. How about looking to the USAs Founding Fathers instead?
Not for long. They’re starting to come back with new Democratic talking points.
If they speak out too forcefully,
the liberals that run the DC social scene will
deem them “mean”,
and their wives won’t get to go to the parties.
Seriously, I think this is one of the primary RINOfication reasons in DC.
The GOP is just ****ing pathetic.
Give it time. Next tax season when millions of people who rely on tax returns find out that they’re less $95, there will be a lot of public outrage.
I would prefer General Patton’s method of holding the enemy by his nose while kicking him in his ass.
This is a lot better than trying to fix it and help the rats...
Cruz was brilliant bringing attention to this debacle just before rollout. He caused the Democrats to totally own this train wreck. I e-mailed Debbie Stabenow several weeks ago to let her know how much my policy went up. She blamed the Insurance companies...:
Thank you for contacting me about health insurance premium increases. I share your frustration and am working to make health insurance affordable for everyone.
I am deeply disappointed that some insurance companies have chosen to raise their rates. The new health care reform law gives state insurance commissioners more power to stop unreasonable rate increases. To request a review of insurance rate increases by your insurance company, you can contact the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services by calling 1-877-999-6442. In addition, the new law requires insurance companies to spend at least 80% to 85% of your money on health care and not on insurance company salaries, profits, or advertising. If insurance companies do not meet this standard, they must pay you a rebate. This past year more than 220,000 insurance customers in Michigan received an average rebate of $138.
In addition, starting on October 1st, you will be able to shop for new insurance options in the online insurance marketplace. In Michigan, 94 percent of people without insurance will be eligible to receive a tax credit to help them purchase affordable insurance in the marketplace. You can go to https://www.healthcare.gov/ or call 1-800-318-2596 to learn more about this option.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please continue to keep me informed about issues of concern to you and your family.
United States Senator “
They have underplayed their hand on every issue for so many years that overplaying anything now would seem impossible.
But the Democrats would love to have ObamaCare's critics shut up at this time.
Good. Let the people taste for themselves this sh** sandwich called Obamacare. Don’t let the Dems delay implementation until after the next round of elections either... that would be suicidal.
At the very least they’ve got to be out there every day reminding America that not a single one of them voted for it.
If left to their own devices, the media will have the public thinking this was a GOP operation from the get-go.
“Sheeple are sheeple, so how should it be / You and I should get along so awfully” . . .
I doubt that would wake up enough of the low-info voters, seriously.
Understood. And in 2016, it’s 4%. That’s a LOT of money for my family if we choose to not get insurance from Obama.
Thank God that Rush pointed out how the law was written to prevent the IRS from using collections to collect the “fee” if you aren’t owed a return. I’ll just ensure that I don’t have a return coming to me, and I’ll be okay.