Yesterday, Diane Sawyer asked John Boehner in an interview if he planned to push for repeal of Obamacare. He responded that “the election changes that” and “Obamacare is the law of the land.”
No, Mr. Boehner, the Constitution is the law of the Republic.
In April 2011, following the failure of Republicans to defund Obamacare during the first budget battle, I wrote the following at Red State:
If it is reckless to shut down the government over Obamacare, then there is nothing in the budget worth fighting for. Due to the degree of entrenchment of the existing entitlement, even Paul Ryan’s plan will not balance the budget for another 26 years. If Obamacare is not defunded within the next year, it will be virtually impossible to completely repeal and will make a balanced budget an impossibility.
Well, they said all along that we’d wait until 2012. They were sure we’d win the election. Ironically, by running away from the Obamacare issue, they ensured that we would not win the election. Now that they lost, they say tough luck on Obamacare.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking: “if we create gridlock over Obamacare, we will…..” We will what? We will risk political reprisal? Then what are we fighting for in the first place? If we are unwilling to fight the implementation of a 4th entitlement program, how will we ever have the moxie to fix the existing ones?