The GOP Can’t Let the Dems Off the Hook for Obamacare

Back in 2003, fire I supported George W. Bush’s decision to take us to war in Iraq.

Whenever I mention that fact in one of my columns or somewhere else online, I receive harsh criticism and self-righteous condemnation from some of our friends on the left. Their mindset is basically that Bush lied, soldiers died. And because I agreed with the  president’s decision to go Iraq, I share some of the blame for all of the American (and innocent Iraqi) lives that were lost or forever altered because of that war.

Interestingly, these censurers are the very same people who routinely sing the praises of Democratic leaders like Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Joe Biden, and pretty much every other high-profile, past and present member of the Obama administration and congress who actually voted to send us into that war. They’re also the same people who regularly sing the praises of former president Bill Clinton, who was not only a vocal supporter of going into Iraq, but was actually the man who made “regime change” our country’s official policy on Iraq. This was, in part, because he believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, just as president Bush did. Yet, it was apparently only a “lie” when Bush said it.

One could simply write off their selective outrage as an example of shameless hypocrisy, but I think there’s indeed some significance in just how comfortable these people are in making such statements. I think it’s a testament to how successful the Democratic party was in escaping public culpability for the Iraq War.

Once the death toll of the Iraq War began escalate, and it was more and more apparent that the situation was becoming a quagmire, it no longer seemed to matter that it was a bipartisan effort that had taken us there in the first place. The Democrats used the situation and the growing concerns of the American public for political leverage to turn on the beast of their own creation.

The media narrative turned to Iraq being “Bush’s War,” and this somehow allowed all of those Democrats to largely be absolved, in the eyes of the public, of their very crucial votes.

We’re seeing a similar situation play out right now with Obamacare.

With the colossal failure of a $600 million website, millions of people being thrown off of their health plans (with millions more to follow), and the revelation that our president repeatedly lied to the American public about several of the law’s top selling-points, Democratic politicians are desperately trying to escape culpability for the disaster.

A number of vulnerable U.S. senators like Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who are up for re-election in 2014, are frantically trying to figure out ways to make people forget that they gave us this monster with their votes. They’re pretending that the millions of policy cancellations that have been widely reported just weren’t foreseeable, when in fact they absolutely were. Not only were they foreseeable, but they were relied upon in order to help pay for the cost of Obamacare.

Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld recently referred to a tiled, on-screen collage of these senators as “the periodic table of idiots” for their refusal to recognize ownership for their own actions. While that might be a crass way of putting it, his point has merit.

Now, these desperate senators are throwing their support behind some nonsensical bill that is being advertised to reinstate those cancelled policies. As they very well know, however, the bill can’t possibly work. I usually steer clear of using the tired, old metaphor of someone trying to push toothpaste back into the tube, but it very much applies in this instance. Only, these senators are just pretending to try and push the toothpaste back in. The bill is merely a prop – a phony neck-brace fraudulently worn during a personal injury court case. If these senators win their trials (i.e. their 2014 election races), all of the ridiculous props will be tossed into dumpsters faster than the shelf-life of a Blair Underwood television series. Sorry Blair. I know that was a cheap-shot.

The Republican party and conservative groups can’t let the Democrats who voted for Obamacare escape culpability the way they did with Iraq. And really, this should be far easier than with Iraq because there are no GOP fingerprints on Obamacare whatsoever. With it passing on a strictly-party vote, and being signed into law by a Democratic president, there is no blame to be shared with the Republican Party, and thus those running against the Democratic incumbents.

From a Dead Sleep by John A. DalyRighties need to remind voters at every opportunity that none of these Democratic politicians read the Affordable Care Act before voting for it, that they all ignored the concerns of their constituents, and that they all ignored warning after warning from those who did read the bill. They need to remind voters that the Dems waged 1/6 of the American economy on a bumper-sticker solution with enormous ramifications that none of them could be bothered to consider. They need to run commercial after commercial, replaying videos of the the Democratic incumbents on the senate floor, repeatedly spreading the Obamacare falsehoods to the American public. The Republican candidates should be adjoined at the hip, at every campaign stop, to constituents who have suffered under Obamacare, whether it be from lost policies, a reduction in work-hours, job losses, or skyrocketing insurance premiums.

Accountability has to be the focus of next year’s campaigns, just like it was in 2010. If it is, this country may actually achieve some relief from the most irresponsible piece of legislation signed into law in decades.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration (Computer Information Systems), and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. He is the author of the Sean Coleman Thriller series, which is available through all major retailers. John lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • maxx

    You DO share some of the blame for Bush Jr.’s lies about Iraq, because
    you chose to believe obvious lies, that were pointed out as lies by thousands of
    Americans demonstrating AT THE TIME in the streets. You along with the
    Democrats and Republicans who chose to buy into Bush Jr.’s lies, lies
    known as lies, then and now are responsible for needless American deaths.

    You do not
    get a free ride, it was not a difference of opinions, it was fascist
    behaviour on the parts of George Bush Jr. and Richard Cheney and you
    chose to support those fascist actions. Many Americans did not. Bush
    lied, soldiers died, simple as.

    Now get over yourself,
    Obamacare and Bush Jr.’s lies are related in so far as the same liars
    about Iraq are selling lies about Obamacare. This is not an accident,
    this is what fascist policymakers do, they lie.

  • Wil

    >Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Joe Biden, and pretty much every other high-profile, past and present member of the Obama administration and congress who actually voted to send us into that war.<

    They 'voted' to give Bush the authority to go to war, with Iraq. Bush is the one who decided to go to war. Big difference!

    • John Daly

      Oh brother. You’re saying that when they authorized Bush to go to war, they didn’t know that he was actually going to take us to war?

      lol. You know, I’ve heard that absurd excuse spread on occasion by the morons at MSNBC (sometimes they’ve even managed to maintain a straight face while saying it). I just didn’t think anyone actually believed such idiocy. After all, these same people publicly advocated for invading Iraq.

      I hope you’re enjoying the kool-aid, Wil.

    • DanB_Tiffin

      Good Ol’e Will. You rationalize things just like an alcoholic does.

  • Royalsfan67

    With the dems using the nuclear option, this opens the door after the 2016 election to repeal this or completely restructure it without having a super majority

  • helplessinil

    With almost a year to go, BHO will have at least 2 or 3 new scandals before election and the public will forget about this as usual. The real problem is the employers dropping insurance just before the next elections. This should kill any hope the Democrats thought they had remaining. The Republicans should just let this thing go, they are not going to repeal it now. They should come prepared with their changes to the ACA that will reduce the levels (silver & gold plans), sales across state lines, no maternity care for 60 year olds and lower the fines (sorry, taxes). This should simplify the plans and reduce the cost for most.
    I agree that Rep. should keep reminding the voters just who is responsible for this mess they got us in. Remind them who is “the party of no”, how many times has Harry declined to vote on anthing coming out of the House?

    • John Daly

      Good points. How much do you want to make a bet that the Dems will extend the lift on the employer mandate until past the election?

      • helplessinil

        It didn’t take them long to wake up and move the date back. I quess they put the date before an election thinking this was going to be a great success story and they could run on it? I don’t think this is going to get them off the hook.

        • John Daly

          You ain’t kidding. I guess they think that by that time rolls around, no one will remember the delay. Unfortunately, they’re probably right.

  • cmacrider

    John: I couldn’t agree more with your thesis that the Republicans have to ensure that the Dems own Obamacare. Why the Reps. attempted to delay implementation and proffered other solutions is beyond my comprehension.

    Equally, I don’t understand why the Republicans have not come out with a uniform united policy which represents a viable alternative to Obamacare. Given the political climate now all they have to do sell tort reform, the right to buy insurance across state lines, and a surcharge to pay for pre-existing conditions and those who cannot afford to pay. In other words, put out a all inclusive program as a viable alternative which fixes the problems which existed prior to the Obamacare nightmare.

    Here is my analogy re: Obamacare. One friend suggests to another friend that they go lake fishing for walley .. and the proposer suggests “I’ll bring the boat if you will cover the costs.” The friend considers this an equitable proposal and agrees. On the appointed day for the lake fishing trip … the proposer shows up with an aircraft carrier.

  • Jeff Webb

    We can always hope it won’t keep happening, but Republicans have the unparalleled ability to lose elections. And no matter how inconceivable, democrats will blame Republicans for anything and keep a straight face the whole time (BO is doing that now).

    With all the crap I see liberals pull nowadays, I’m truly surprised none of them have tried blaming Republicans for Mary Jo Kopechne’s death.

    • Integrity

      According to one of LE’s post. Teddy gets a pass because his brother was a war hero. He posted words to that effect, I kid you not! QED

  • GlenFS

    I’m so glad the the GOP senators pushing a delay bill seem to have let go of pushing it. This mess was not their making or responsibility. They gave the public every chance to support repeal, but instead they were blamed for shutting down government. It’s now time for Dems to reap what they’ve sown.

  • Brian Fr Langley

    Obama care, now I feel ill,
    I guess I should’ve read the bill,
    for me a loyal democrat,
    this has really fallen flat,
    let’s hope it buys my headache pill.

    • John Daly

      Always great, Brian. 😉