Since Ronald Reagan rose from the ashes of the Goldwater movement, Republicans have articulated a message of freedom and opportunity — a rugged individualism that says if you work hard you can be what you want and do what you want. But people forget. In the last decade or so, Republicans began to assume everyone just naturally agreed. They stopped explaining. They stopped being evangelists. Worse, conservatism morphed into Republicanism and instead of being about ideas, both became about the acquisition of power for the sake of power. Republicans no longer articulated a core set of principles through policy, but policies designed solely to keep them in power. The party leaders and many of its candidates began to do the same — freedom became a platitude, not a policy. ......In 2004, George W. Bush beat John Kerry, delivering a surprising defeat to the Democrats. Two years later, the Democrats took the House and two years after that took the White House. In 2014, like in 2010, Barack Obama’s base will not show up as it did in 2012 and 2008. In 2016, it will split between factions in a diminished field of a shallower bench with no guarantee that Barack Obama’s coalition is the Democrats’ coalition. The GOP will have a deep bench of articulate conservatives. We must lay the groundwork now with fresh ideas embedded with timeless principles sold by voices who understand people forget and must be reminded why America is great and why conservatism helped make it that way. We must continue, as a conservative movement, challenging and ending the political careers of Republicans who carry the banner of conservatism while selling it out. We must still be willing to fight against the implementation of Obamacare, a policy still opposed by a majority of Americans. Read more.......Article contributed by Steve Peters.
Obamacare is Still Vulerable - State vs. Federal Exchanges - National Review Online - President Obama has won reelection, and his administration has asked state officials to decide by Friday, November 16, whether their state will create one of Obamacare’s health-insurance “exchanges.” States also have to decide whether to implement the law’s massive expansion of Medicaid. The correct answer to both questions remains a resounding no.
State-created exchanges mean higher taxes, fewer jobs, and less protection of religious freedom. States are better off defaulting to a federal exchange. The Medicaid expansion is likewise too costly and risky a proposition. Republican Governors Association chairman Bob McDonnell (R.,Va.) agrees, and has announced that Virginia will implement neither provision.
There are many arguments against creating exchanges.
First, states are under no obligation to create one.
Second, operating an Obamacare exchange would be illegal in 14 states. Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia have enacted either statutes or constitutional amendments (or both) forbidding state employees to participate in an essential exchange function: implementing Obamacare’s individual and employer mandates.
Third, each exchange would cost its state an estimated $10 million to $100 million per year, necessitating tax increases. Read more.......... Article contributed by Steve Peters.
House GOP Moving to Repeal Obamacare Tax on States Without Health Insurance Exchanges - The Blaze - House Republicans have taken on a new strategy in their fight to derail ObamaCare, using an expedited legislative procedure to upend targeted parts of the law. Roll Call reports that Republican Reps. Darrell Issa and Scott DesJarlais will back a resolution to nullify the upcoming IRS rule authorizing the distribution of subsidies through tax credits in every state as an incentive to get most Americans to buy insurance. Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute writes that the rule “unlawfully taxes employers and individuals” in the over 30 states that have not yet created their own health insurance exchanges as part of the 2010 law.
Republican leaders are preparing to launch the effort to repeal he rule during the post-election session that begins Nov. 13. Cannon joined “Wilkow!” Thursday to discuss the IRS rule in question, and Republicans’ plan to repeal it as a path to derail ObamaCare: Read more.......