Brace yourself because I think there may be one aspect of ObamaCare where the president is absolutely right.
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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: If it was as bad as they said it was going to be, then they can just go ahead and let it happen, and then everybody would hate it so much, and then everybody would vote to repeal it and that would be the end of it.
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The Republicans need to stop fighting among themselves about who dislikes ObamaCare the most.
Every single Republican in both the House and Senate voted against it. Every one. Not one Republican is on the hook for ObamaCare. The Democrats own it -- totally and completely. And if the Republicans in the House and Senate feel as I do that it really is a job-killing, economy-busting disaster that's going to increase costs, raise taxes, limit medical choices, and leave people in the lurches, then I want to suggest a way to fight it a lot more effectively.
All the Republicans in both the House and Senate voted to defund and or delay ObamaCare, but they didn't have the votes.
So, my advice, and it's simple -- give the Democrats ObamaCare but under these conditions -- no delays for anyone. Not big business, not small business, not labor unions, not states, not members of Congress or their staffs. And no exemptions. None.
Not one group gets an exemption from ObamaCare. Especially not Congress or their staff. Make the Democrats eat their own cooking. Because if they think it's good for our plates, they need to put it on their plates and they take the first bite.
Now, Republicans can't really defund ObamaCare because the votes just aren't there. So draft a bill that funds it, but which allows no exemptions or delays, and no exceptions for anyone to avoid it. And then add this provision based on the president's proposal -- write in the bill a sunset clause. The bill automatically expires and it has to be reauthorized on January 15, 2015.
Now, if it's as good as President Obama and Democrats say it is, well then the public is going to love it so much they will insist that it's reauthorized. But if it's as disastrous as the Republicans, the general public, and I think it's going to be, then the Republicans are going to win enough elections next year to gain control of the Senate with a likely super majority and add enough numbers in the House to override a presidential veto.
I sometimes see things through Biblical lessons. So here's the lesson. This is a Mt. Carmel moment. Remember that great moment from the book of I Kings, Chapter 18, when the prophet Elijah challenged 450 prophets of Baal to meet him on Mt. Carmel? Now, Elijah didn't try to delay or defund those false prophets. He told them they could take their best shot to call fire from heaven, and he would do the same thing. There were 450 of them; just one of him. They tried for hours to call for fire to fall and they had no fire. Elijah, being a good sport, didn't mind being outnumbered 450-1. He even ordered the wood around the altar to be drenched with water so that any fire would have a hard time consuming his offering. You see, he so believed that he was following the right God that he put everything on the line, in public for the world to see. No middle of the night backroom deals. All of it, right out there in the open. And when Elijah called, the fire fell and the sacrifice and the altar were consumed.
Now here's my plan for the Republicans -- give the Democrats what they want for a year. Make it clear to the American public that it belongs to the Democrats. And if it works like President Obama, Harry Reid, Hillary, and Nancy Pelosi claim, then America will be better off and I will take to any platform or stage to apologize and acknowledge that they were right and we were wrong.
But if the people of America are as disgusted with it as I predict they're going to be, then ObamaCare ends January 15, 2015 and by then Republicans will control both the House and Senate and be poised to elect a Republican president in 2016.
Having convictions is one thing. Risking everything for them, now that is political courage. And we need that kind of confident courage in our Congress today. That is how we stop ObamaCare.