It is more and more clear that the House of Representatives will not keep Bart Stupak’s amendment in the health care legislation.Harry Reid will put something abortion related in the Senate version, but not so strong as to turn off pro-abortion Senators. Likewise, Obama is already saying this is a health care bill, not an abortion bill, and is instructing Congress not to go overboard.Stupak will go out. National Right to Life, as per its usual operating procedure, will no doubt eek out some sort of minor compromise that undercuts the rest of the conservative movement and other pro-life groups — a compromise that does very little, but from which NRLC can raise some money. Abortions will get funded by the feds if Obamacare passes. You can bank on it.Let me be clear to the conservative movement and the organizations participating in the health care debate: the fight over health care is about freedom, not your ridiculous little scorecards. The Democrat strategy is going to be very simple. If the GOP and its outside interest groups raise an issue, the Democrats with a token Republican will hammer out a Grand Compromise TM to appear accommodationist and bipartisan.If Republicans complain about abortion, the Democrats and Bob Bennett (R-UT) will offer up compromise language to take care of that concern. Ironic because Bennett’s own health care alternative explicitly funds abortion on demand.If the Republicans complain about doctors fees, the Democrats and Bob Bennett (R-UT) will offer up compromise language to take care of that concern.If the Republicans complain about medicare subsidies, the Democrats and Bob Bennett (R-UT) will offer up compromise language to take care of that concern.If the Republicans complain about effective dates, the Democrats and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) will propose a revised trigger mechanism.If the Republicans complain about the impact on small businesses, the Democrats and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) will raise the applicability caps.On and on, for each issue the GOP raises to be addressed in the bill, the Democrats and a token Republican will play accommodationist as the media fawns over the bipartisan nature of each compromise.The danger is that the GOP will start with the presupposition that the health care bill will pass and work to “improve” it. The GOP must get out of that mindset. Republicans working toward destroying legislation they believe will inevitably pass will not destroy the legislation.At the end of the day, the GOP must flat out oppose the government take over of 1/6th of the American economy. Instead of clamoring for issues to be addressed, the GOP must contrast freedom with the tyranny of the legislation. The tea party activists and conservatives are already convinced. Senate Republicans must now make the case to independent voters already leery of the Democrats’ big government agenda that Obamacare is not a prescription to cure the nation’s health care problems.Mandates must come out because government should not force people to purchase health insurance. The public option must come out because it will destroy competition and intentionally undermine contracts between private entities. Triggers must be abandoned because Obama will have every incentive to trigger the trigger. Payment restrictions to doctors must come out because government should not set wages for doctors. It must be a game of subtraction.After the GOP is done demanding things come out, not be ameliorated or added, there will be no bill left that the left can support. Additionally, the GOP must orchestrate a strategy to put Democrats up for election in difficult positions — offering up amendments that the Democrats cannot say no to, but that take away votes from the overall legislation once agreed to.This bill doesn’t just have a few things wrong with it, it’s a thousand pages of bad ideas that will hurt — not help — America. There are real health reforms that our country desperately needs (tort reform, interstate competition, tax equity, etc) but none of them are in this bill, and Democrats will never allow them to be. This is a showdown between freedom and socialism. The Senate Republicans and right-of-center interest groups need to stop trying to negotiate a surrender and join the fight. The GOP must not be afraid to shut down the Senate. The only acceptable victory is defeat of the legislation.
If Health Care Becomes About Abortion Or Any Other Issue But Freedom, We Lose
“The danger is that the GOP will start with the presupposition that the health care bill will pass and work to ‘improve’ it. The GOP must get out of that mindset.”