Defund Obamacare yes, but keep several backup plans in store
Don't accept the consensus that Obamacare is undefeatable
I’m 100% in favor of defunding Obamacare, but we need to use other avenues in fighting it as well. It seems as though everybody is ready to declare doom if defunding doesn’t happen cause well every welfare program set in place is never dismantled (at least they say). Obamacare seems to me a rare exception to the rule (well sort of). Maybe if it sets in long enough perhaps, but I’m unconvinced so far that it’ll be irreversible once it reaches Oct. 1st or Jan. 1st (which ever). Let point this out: IT HAS NEVER BEEN POPULAR! EVERY OTHER WELFARE PROGRAM HAS ALWAYS BEEN SO SINCE THEIR INCEPTION!
But what pisses me off even more is that nobody at least ever since defund has garnered attention talked about killing Obamacare through multiple avenues like courts challenges and/or state level action. There’s two particular key lawsuits originating from my state Oklahoma. One is being pushed by my attorney general which is challenging the IRS and the health insurance exchanges. The other more recently petitioned is from OK Wesleyan University (which is located in the town I live near) challenging the contraception mandate. And there’s more coming from other places too. If any one of these suits reaches the Supreme Court the ACA could very be killed or severely weakened at least.
And then ya’ll in the comments section will say ‘Yeah we tried that once and look what happened’. Or ‘It would be too late by then’. I concede the former and still say that was the stupidest ruling since Roe v. Wade. But what’s not say the court changes its mind on issues? Also preaching the apocalypse doesn’t get you anywhere. One incredible thing that I think has an excellent chance of killing Obamacare in court is how it came to be in its current form. It originated in the Senate which violates the rule that any fiscal/budgetary legislation must originate in the House. We’ve gotta look at this!
Until necessary though, we should be setting most of our primary focus on defunding through Congress. I just wanted to bring something to light which is rarely mentioned nowadays. I’m fairly optimistic that this effort will yield some kind of success so long there’s pressure put on the Senate and the President. Just keep turning it up. The last thing that should ever be heard from anybody is the prediction of doom. For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else. – Winston Churchill