AN INDICTMENT OF LIBERALISMPosted by Tim O'Donnell on November 16, 2013
Though I am still reeling from Ken Cuccinelli’s loss in the Virginia Governor’s race, I know that his strong performance was due in no small part to the fabulously dismal Obamacare roll out. The whole country is finally seeing what we conservatives have said since the law was passed in 2009, that the law is destructive and that the government cannot mess with 1/6 of the American economy without dire consequences. I met Ken Cuccinelli and watched him speak several times. I can tell you that his ideas were great but he was not the most charismatic speaker. His performance in the election that defied all the polls was itself an indictment on liberalism.
Now, like many conservatives, the satisfaction I get from being proven correct to all the liberals I have bashed over this subject for over three years now cannot be expressed with mere words. The terms Schadenfreude or fahrvergnügen nor any other emotion the Germans came up with could possibly measure the joy I feel at watching President Obama squirm at the podium when he tries to wiggle away from his past lies or as we see his legacy legislation circle the drain. The fact that this subject has finally become something that the press will jump on to show the incompetence of Barack Obama, well that part is just fun. His approval ratings dropping simultaneously with the late fall temperatures also shows how Americans feel about his lies and the law itself.
To hear that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz plans for democrats to “run on Obamacare” in 2014 is just another part of the circus that has been the Obamacare roll out that makes me happy. I know that the DNC Chair has to play the cheerleader, but I wonder if she is actually delusional enough to believe that statement or if it’s just something she’s saying to be supportive of this terrible law because she knows it will be repealed or severely modified before the fall 2014 elections? Based on prior statements she’s made, I’m inclined to believe that former before the latter. I truly believe that she does not see the performance of the Obamacare law and this administration’s totally disastrous handling of the roll out as something to cause the American public to turn on the Democratic Party. I think that it’s worse than that for democrats. Americans will use their “kitchen table economics” to see how this joke of a policy affects both their pocketbooks and wallets. It will cause many to use the distrust they now have of Obama to distrust big government policies and liberalism itself.
Can you imagine if this law is actually allowed to continue in its current state or, as I suspect will be the case, there are several aspects of the law that most affect Americans modified? What will be the reaction of the American voting public when the democrats come out and say “we’ve got some great ideas about your healthcare coverage”? Will Americans fall for that line again? I have my doubts. One way or another, Obamacare will turn into the type of policy that will turn a whole bloc of voters away from the Democratic Party. I see it as a once in a generation chance for Republicans to turn American politics back on a conservative path. Look at recent polling that shows more Americans, age 25-40, think that Obama purposely lied about the effects of Obamacare. Look at the exit polls from the Virginia Governor’s race, in almost every precinct Ken Cuccinelli won this same bloc of voters. Republicans have a great opportunity to show these voters how big government solutions do not work to solve our problems. To restate what I said before, if the Republican Party can use Obamacare as “an indictment on liberalism” we can win national and local elections for the next 20 years.
The latest bit of fun has included the simple terminology used by the President when he speaks of Obamacare. During the debates with Governor Mitt Romney, President Obama stated “I have come to embrace the term Obamacare” and during the 2012 campaign he said “I actually like the name”. Now in all of his statements and those by the administration, you never hear it called anything but the ACA (Affordable Care Act). To watch the President and his administration try to distance themselves, as Hillary and Bill Clinton and their entire group of supporters like James Carville have done, from the term Obamacare is nothing less than delicious. It’s so filling, I am not sure I can even take another bite. Admittedly, I have become a glutton, feasting myself on Obama and democrats’ shame.
Let this be a lesson to the democrats. When you take a government solution to a free market problem, this is what you get. I hear over and over from democrats that Republicans have no plan for healthcare. When will they understand that our solution is the free market itself? When will they understand that what they have addressed in Obamacare is nothing to do with the cost of healthcare? When you call crappy health coverage for a low price the solution to the cost of healthcare, it shows your lack of understanding of economics itself. Some simple steps like addressing the cost of doctors’ malpractice insurance and tort reform or allowing insurance companies to operate across state lines, just these things alone will help the free market bring down the cost of healthcare for everyone. It’s too bad for the democrats they chose not to listen when Republicans brought these ideas up three years ago. Between that, their lies about keeping your plan, and their refusal to do anything to change the law during the partial government shutdown, they get complete ownership of this mess. It couldn’t happen to a nicer group of folks.