Monday, August 26, 2013

How to repeal Obamacare

Repealing Obamacare has become the Holy Grail of the Republican Party. Every week or so, the House GOP caucus ritually votes to repeal or defund Obamacare. There is a dangerously large faction within the House GOP caucus that wants to default on the United States' debt obligations in order to blackmail the Democrats into agreeing to repeal Obamacare.

However, that won't be necessary, because the means to achieve their goal will soon be within the Republicans' grasp. And it was none other than Paul Krugman, the Shrill One himself, who has pointed the way.

Last week, Krugman pointed to this story from the Huffington Post about government health care workers touting Kentucky's new health care exchange at the State Fair. The story opens with a middle-aged Kentucky man listening to the pitch, then saying, "This beats Obamacare I hope." The next day, Krgthulhu pointed out that 39 percent of Americans agree that the government should stay out of Medicare. "This at least suggests," the Shrill One continues, "that many voters will never realize that the regulated, subsidized health exchanges that have become a vital part of their security are in fact the very same Obamacare they were taught to hate and fear."

And that's how the Republicans can repeal Obamacare. Once the plan goes into effect next year, all they have to do is spread a bunch of bullshit horror stories about death panels in action, and voters who don't realize that the health care exchanges they like and rely on are Obamacare will elect candidates who promise to repeal it. The result will be another Republican midterm landslide, giving them control of Congress. Come January 2015, the GOP, along with their Blue Dog Democrat allies, will repeal Obamacare with a veto-proof supermajority.

And then? Well, naturally, the people will be outraged at losing their health care exchanges. Who will they blame? Who else but Barack Obama, the man who created the vile, tyrannical Obamacare that took their health care away. Republican presidential nominee Rand Paul will ride the wave of anger to victory in November by promising to restore the health care exchanges. But first, of course, he'll have to restore the gold standard, abolish the Federal Reserve, privatize Social Security . . .

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