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GOP must not get caught in full repeal-only trap

Posted: November 14, 2013 at 3:30 pm   /   by

mouse trapFixing Obamacare to make it more likely that it will never be repealed would mean increasing subsidies or imposing new mandates on individuals, employers, insurance companies, doctors and/or hospitals.

The Upton bill does none of that. Rather, it eliminates mandates for a large portion of those whose insurance policies have been cancelled either directly or indirectly due to Obamacare. It would help millions of Americans who are victims of Obamacare and who, thanks partially to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), know that the GOP has no fingerprints on a law that President Barack Obama and democrats lied about.

It is critical that Republicans not miss this opportunity to help victims of Obama and the Democrats at a time of maximum utility with Obama exposed as a liar and the cause of the police cancellations.

Yes, it would be better if we could get Democrats to agree to a full repeal. It would be also be even better if we could get taxes lowered and an end to the war on coal. But partial repeal of Obamacare mandates that could win over voters is a good thing, not a “fix” that makes Obamacare’s ultimate survival more likely than it already is. In fact, passage of the Upton Bill could soon be followed by other partial repeal bills that anticipates policy cancellations of employees and small businesses that are coming next year when the illegally-delayed employer mandate takes effect.

Not every legislative act that alleviates suffering from Obamacare is a “fix” that helps Democrats. And passing Republican bills that free up parts of the market is a better insulation against being trapped by Democrats in being seen as not responding to the current crisis by virtue of only saying no to their bills.

Moreover, if what makes Michigan Republican Fred Upton’s bill a trap is that Democrats might use its passage to foist a worse bill on us in response, then the real trap is that we are a majority in the House and not any particular bill. Democrats can pass bills in the Senate whether we pass bills or not and can send over a bad alternative like Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu’s insurance contract reinstatement  mandate  even if we pass  a bill demanding full repeal of Obamacare for the 48th time.

As always, we respect the views of fellow tea partier and other conservative Republicans on tactics, but I would urge all on our side to not get caught in a trap worse than the one some fear in the possible Upton-Landrieu exhange. And that would be to make the perfect, i.e. full repeal, the enemy of the good, i.e. partial repeals like the Upton Bill that help Obamacare victims while they are attentive future voters spurned by Obama’s lie).

We should also not hesitate to act simply because Democrats up for re-election next year may vote for our bill and claim they were part of a bipartisan solution. All that would vote for our bill also voted for Obamacare and so remain vulnerable. But in any event, we can’t be in the position of refusing to accept partial victories just because someone else might also be able to share credit.

Mike DeVine‘s @ Joe For

“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

Mike DeVine

Mike DeVine, presently with the Ruf Law Firm in Metro Atlanta, is the managing editor of HillbillyPolitics and PoliticalDaily; Atlanta Law and Politics columnist for; and regular blogger at Unified Patriots and His work at Redstate was featured in a PBS Special on conservative bloggers which led to a stint as the conservative op-ed voice of the Charlotte Observer and regular appearances in The New York Times, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and other major print and online publications. DeVine’s writing career was launched soon after his Summer of 2001 move to Atlanta and “conservative epiphany.” While the legal editor for The (Decatur, GA) Champion, he wrote the first post-9/11 column published in the United States suggesting that captured terrorists would not be entitled to POW rights. Previously, DeVine had been an active Democratic Party county chairman, convention delegate, and campaign manager in S.C. He matriculated at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Spartanburg Methodist College, and Wofford College, where he earned Phi Bet Kappa honors and taught Business Law.

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GOP must not get caught in full repeal-only trap