Is it really wise to fight a fight we can’t win? That’s one of the important questions that the TEA Party hasn’t answered yet. In other words, should Republicans fight to defund Obamacare in the upcoming budget fight, especially knowing that it’s a fight they’ll lose while shutting down the government?
One myth that’s been peddled is the myth about a partial government shutdown. It’s fiction. There’s no doubt that the House will pass 2 bills, one to defund Obamacare, the other to fund the rest of government. Likewise, there’s no doubt that Harry Reid will take the House bill funding government, modify it to include funding of Obamacare. Finally, there’s no doubt that they’ll then send that modified bill back to the House.
At that point, the Republicans’ options are to cave or shut the government down. Neither option is a positive option. Jim Hoft points out that polling shows strong support for defunding Obamacare:
With citizens across America asking their congressman to support defunding Obamacare, Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham alongside leading pollster Jon Lerner today released a poll showing the idea of defunding Obamacare is broadly supported. Moreover, the potential of a partial government shutdown does little to dampen the desire to stop the implementation of Obamacare.
Independents in the survey strongly support defunding Obamacare by a margin of 57 percent to 34 percent. Further, only 20 percent of voters in these districts support going forward with Obamacare unchanged.
I won’t dispute Heritage Action’s findings. I’ll simply highlight the fact that that isn’t the pertinent question. The pertinent question is whether the people who support defunding Obamacare will hate Republicans for shutting down government.
Another thing we’re hearing is that this is the last chance to rid ourselves of the PPACA. The people pushing defunding the PPACA insist that it’s our last chance. Those same people will list a lengthy list of catastrophies either happening or waiting to happen.
They insist that it’s all over the minute people start getting premium support checks from the HHS. Again, that’s a myth. Here’s why:
34 states didn’t set up state-run health insurance exchanges, aka HIXs. The people in those states that buy health insurance through those HIXs aren’t eligible for premium support. There’s another thing to factor in in the defund vs. delay debate:
Here’s the relevant portion of the interview:
SCOTT PRUITT: Well, Greta, as you know, state health care exchanges are a major part of the Affordable Care Act and Congress each of the states a decision, a decision on whether to set up a health care exchange. And there’s something very important that happens when a state chooses not to set up a state health care exchange and it’s that the employer mandate penalties that flow when companies don’t provide qualified health care — they cannot be assessed in those states.
Pruitt later said that the IRS implemented a rule granting them the authority to collect the employer mandate in states that didn’t establish HIXs. Greta then asked a question clarifying Pruitt’s statement. Here’s what she said:
GRETA: Alright, so what you’re saying is that if the state had set up the exchanges, then the IRS could do that but that the way the law is written, that if the state declines to set up a health insurance exchange and the federal government has to set up an exchange, that they (the federal gov’t) doesn’t have the expressed authority to do that?
PRUITT: That’s exactly what we’re saying.
That’s bombshell information. If these 34 states continue to refuse to put together state-run HIXs, then the IRS can’t impose fines on companies in those states. If free market capitalists believe that free markets work, then we should think that the reddest of those states would become a magnet for companies who don’t want to pay the employer mandate if Oklahoma wins this lawsuit.
The PPACA is a trainwreck waiting to happen. I’ve called it a house of cards waiting for a strong breeze to topple it. This administration is proving that they can’t implement major parts of the PPACA. It’s collapsing right in front of our eyes. The best strategy when something is collapsing is to get out of the way and let it collapse on its own.
I get it that people want to get rid of the PPACA. I’m one of those people. I just want conservatives to be smart for a change and let something that’s collapsing collapse.