This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
The thing about the Republican critique of the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare, especially from the Tea Party, that has probably annoyed me the most, is the fact that they’ve never been able to present an alternative of their own. Even when they took back control of the House of Representatives in 2011, they offered nothing but but repeal and cut. “We’ll get rid of ObamaCare or, at least try to, knowing that the Democratic Senate will block it and then we’ll start over and do it again (50 times and counting).” The Keystone Cops were not that dumb. They probably would have stopped at 10. The GOP message seemed to be. “Let’s go back to the old health insurance system, pre-2010, that left roughly fifty-million Americans without coverage and then maybe we’ll come up with something better later (Please hold your breath).
Its is now 2014, another election year, with a new Congress and still the same players in charge. A Republican House and a Democratic Senate and over three years later still waiting to see the House Republican Leadership articulate an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. Had they had that alternative, gee I don’t know, maybe back in 2009-10 when they were completely out of power, when voters were saying we don’t like ObamaCare yet but we don’t like the old system either the Republicans could have said, “We understand both your concerns and this is the alternative we would offer if we had the power to do it.”
We have seen proposals from different Republican groups. including the Heritage Foundation and The American Enterprise Institute but without Speaker Boehner and Leader Cantor in the House saying, “This is the way we should go. Lets assign that bill to the proper committees, have hearings, and even mark it up and maybe we’ll get some House Democrats, who are worried about reelection because of ObamaCare, to join us.” But, we’re still waiting for the Republican congressional leadership to articulate a health care reform plan.