Republicans Need a Better Strategy on Obamacare
defund the law. In a conference call with House Republicans, Speaker Boehner seemed to come out against risking a government shutdown over ACA funding, but hinted at using the upcoming debt-ceiling vote to stage a similar showdown instead.On the one hand, you can’t blame the GOP for taking a hard line against the ACA. The news lately has not been good. But on the other hand, Republican brinksmanship betrays a conviction that Obamacare will be a total, unmitigated disaster. This is not a levelheaded assessment.Instead of this scorched earth strategy, Republicans should be exploring productive ways to revise the law while advancing their own proposals for health care reform. They can’t beat something with nothing, especially something as big as Obamacare.The starting point in any serious health care discussion has to be that the status quo, whether pre-Obamacare or with Obamacare, isn’t working. Like our education system, we pay too much and get too little. We need changes that make the system more responsive and dynamic as a way of improving quality while cutting costs. As we do that, we also need to ensure better access. An obsessive focus on defunding Obamacare, just to disgrace your political opponents, is a recipe for disaster.