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Coming 'Small Employer' Fight Could Be Obamacare's Battle of Midway

In war, there’s a time and a place for D-Day.

Launched on June 6, 1944 after months of military deception, the Normandy landings are, to this day, the largest ambitious invasion in history and the definition of taking the battle directly to the enemy.

Other circumstances call for their own response.

Two years before, in early 1942, American soldiers had successfully decrypted Japanese communications, helping them learn of a major attack soon coming their way. With the help of some clever subterfuge, they identified the target: Midway, a crucial island outpost about 1,300 miles from Oahu.

Armed with foreknowledge of the attack, Admiral Chester Nimitz was able to craft a counterattack that military historian John Keegan called “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.”

Following this crucial victory, Americans were on offense in the Pacific front for the rest of the war.

The battle of Midway offers an important parallel to an upcoming battle over Obamacare, and, if conservatives follow the spirit of Nimitz, they may be able to turn it into their favor well beyond this individual conflict.

In this case, the upcoming attack is an upcoming legal deadline from Obamacare.

Currently, businesses with up to 50 employees are required by the law to provide insurance policies that meet “Essential Health Benefits” – politically correct coverage quotas. As you might imagine, the quotas are costly, unwieldy and were a primary reason millions of people were forced out of their current plans in direct contradiction to President Obama’s repeated promises to the contrary.

Jan. 1, this requirement will also apply to businesses with between 51 and 100 employees, forcing a new round of chaos as Obama’s fundamental transformation of our country marches ahead.

It is this planned attack that conservatives have foreknowledge of – like in Midway – and can effectively leverage in their favor.

In recent weeks, Reps. [mc_name name=’Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000558′ ] (R-KY) and [mc_name name=’Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’C001097′ ] (D-CA) introduced legislation to stave off this coming change, by stopping the expansion from going forward.

In Midway, Nimitz was able to capitalize on the Japanese fleet being dispersed into several formations, none of which could support the others. Here, the Democrats are deeply divided, weakening their resolve.

Importantly, the House bill has 232 cosponsors, including 45 Democrats. A Senate companion has 45 cosponsors, including 11 Democrats – enough to overcome a filibuster and put the bill on Obama’s desk.

Once they force a (presumed) Obama veto, Republicans must be ruthless in maximizing the political impact of a new round of Obamacare chaos – all perfectly preventable with a bill recently passed by both Republicans and Democrats.

Hopefully, that will lead Obama to buckle, providing relief to millions of ordinary people trying to live their lives without the government causing them unneeded pain and suffering.

Either way, the battle could give the GOP a new foothold in the Obamacare wars to help fight for an important long-term priority.

The “Essential Health Benefits” quotas in the law are one of its most anti-market and pernicious aspects. Rather than allow for normal market mechanisms to account for which services should be paid for, the law outlines a politically correct minimum set of services.

First, this is problematic because it leads to a growing mismatch between what people want and what is available to purchase, which compounds over time leading to some of the truly insane subsidies and so-on that are still in practice from, say, the WWII era.

Secondly, it puts coverage decisions at the whim of political correctness, a foreboding thought in the era of such radical leftwing agitprop. Who knows what they will think of next, and how it might impact your health insurance.

Therefore, effectively counterattacking on this upcoming Obamacare offensive is not only good in of itself, it could become a key strategic moment after which an underlying plank of the law came undone. Conservatives should move quickly to ensure the bill is on Obama’s desk on Jan. 1 when the “fundamental transformation” continues.