Could a new GOP majority win a government shutdown battle over defunding the national health care law? From our July-August issue.
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“If you put the Stupak language in an appropriations bill, you can win the message war and remind the public that this is what ObamaCare does, and that it’s always going to do this unless you repeal it,” Cannon said. Even if Republicans ultimately flinch, “We could spend weeks and weeks talking about how ObamaCare covers abortion and making it less and less popular.”
While he said that he thinks it would be “fantastic” if a full defunding strategy worked, it could provide Democrats with an opening to win a battle that gets framed as uncompassionate Republicans versus compassionate Democrats.
“Nothing short of repeal is going to be worthwhile,” he said. And according to this line of argument, a fight that reinforces the unpopularity of ObamaCare will make repeal more likely in 2013 than a fight that makes opponents of the law look bad.
The only thing that could change the dynamics, Cannon said, would be a Greek-style financial crisis that would make it easier for Republicans to publicly defend more drastic steps.
ALTHOUGH HE DEFENDED the government shutdown, Gingrich acknowledged that one of the lessons he learned from the conflict with Clinton was, “You have to consistently communicate.”
A Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted during the 1995 government shutdown recorded a 65 percent disapproval rating for Gingrich. Especially harmful were comments he made after being asked to sit at the back of Air Force One on a trip to assassinated Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s funeral. Gingrich called it a “snub” from the Clinton White House and said that it was “part of why you ended up with us sending down a tougher continuing resolution.” The media seized on the narrative that the House Speaker shut down the government because of his bruised ego, prompting the New York Daily News to publish a front-page cartoon depicting Gingrich as a toddler throwing a tantrum, with the headline “Crybaby.”
The key is to think of defunding ObamaCare as one of several avenues to undermine the legislation, and not as some sort of magic bullet. Getting rid of the law for good will require persistence, conviction, and resolve among elected officials, but the only way to foster that is to sustain public opposition. Otherwise, the inertia of the welfare state will cement ObamaCare in place as an entitlement, crippling our health care system and handing over another massive financial burden to future generations.
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H/T to National Review Online