Opinion

Failing to defund Obamacare isn’t the end of the world

With 2014 looming on the horizon like a root canal, will the attempt to defund ObamaCare cost the GOP the mid-term elections?

Some critics of the defunding attempt believe the answer is a resounding yes.

Avik Roy, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and healthcare policy reform expert, contends the risky move could potentially backfire. In an interview with The Donlyn Show on Monday, Mr. Roy explained the Senate math doesn’t work in favor of the Republicans. Senate Dems control 54 votes and would need only six more “Republican defectors in order to have a filibuster proof majority.” Currently, more than six from the GOP are claiming they do not feel the risk of shutting down the Government would be beneficial.

Roy’s greater concern is “by adopting the strategy they end up dividing Republicans on something that is really tactical, rather than a matter of principle,” he said.

“Part of the problem with the way Ted Cruz and some of his colleagues have approached this, it’s like the argument from the pro-shutdown side has been that if you don’t agree with us you are a squish. You are surrendering. You are caving to the left,” even though, he stated, has been fighting ObamaCare daily over the course of past four years, referring to the criticism for not supporting the idea “puzzling.”

There are benefits to making an emotional pitch to voters, and the idea of defunding Obamacare is attractive with the law’s approval rating currently at an all-time low. If the answer is not defunding Obamacare and risking a government shutdown what are the options, aside from renouncing citizenship and moving to Belize?

Avik Roy described other ways to fight ObamaCare rather than shutting down the Government.

“The first is to argue for a one year delay,” he explained. “The law isn’t ready for prime-time. There are so many problems with the law in terms of taxpayer fraud, in terms of privacy protections, in terms of the kinds of things you could use to convince red-state democrats to say you know what, let’s have a delay for a year. Because if we don’t have a delay for a year then they are the ones, as red-state Democrats, with egg on their face, particularly going into an election year where a lot of these people are up for reelection.”

The case for defunding goes something like this: if Obamacare is not defunded before 2014 then big government has finally seized full control over Americans’ healthcare and it will be too late to turn back. But, as Roy reiterates, government control of healthcare is not a recent event.

The government takeover of healthcare began in 1965 when LBJ passed Medicare and Medicaid, Obamacare is simply an extension of those programs.