Morning Action: Is Washington Losing Focus?
Fight (or give up). Over at the Weekly Standard, Jay Cost puts things in stark terms:
The blame belongs not to the Tea Party, not to the Republican grassroots, not to the back-benchers in the House, but to the party’s leaders, the ones who have the microphones stuck in their faces every day. They, and only they, have the power to make the case to the American people that Obamacare is such a danger to them that it needs to be gotten rid of as soon as possible. Mitt Romney should have, but did not, get on the television in late October 2012 to warn people that a vote for Obama was a vote to double their premiums, make it harder for grandma to get hospital care, and make it harder for you to make your ends meet because of job cutbacks. Similarly, Republicans should have, but did not, acknowledge that while the shutdown was harming certain sectors of the country, it was far less damaging then the havoc Obamacare is set to wreak on the people.
What if. Rather than fighting, some folks are asking Americans to imagine “what if” conservatives didn’t mount a legislative fight against Obamacare this fall:
Those saying the legislative fight to address Obamacare wasn’t worth are basically upset because they missed an opportunity for a public relations campaign. Why mount a public relations campaign? To win the mid-term elections next year and then capture the White House in 2016. Proponents of this wait-and-see strategy promise that come 2017 we will be able to stymie Obamacare.
A sustained public relations campaign and a promise is little comfort to Robert Hare and Gregory Rothrock, both of whom were profiled by the Albuquerque Journal on Sunday. Their plans, bought from Presbyterian Healthcare Services, will become illegal on January 1, 2014 thanks to Obamacare. The Detroit Free Press reported 146,000 Michiganders will face loss of cheap policies thanks to the law. One insurance broker told the Chicago Tribune “I’m telling (clients) that everything they know historically about health plans has changed.”
Big Washington. Heritage’s Chris Jacobs says this debate is really about Washington vs. the American people:
This debate has never been about satisfying one political party or another; it’s been about common-sense solutions that protect the American people from Obamacare. And the materializing “deal” ensures their pleas to Washington for relief from the health law’s burdens will, for the moment at least, fall on deaf ears.
Heat. Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced it was finally “concentrating its government shutdown firepower against…three Senate Democrats who may face tough re-elections next year.” The RNC is launching robocalls over the Democrats refusal to pass a veterans spending bill passed by the House. Of course, Heritage Action launched this great video 11 days ago: