Obamacare isn't even out of the box, and yet the GOP decided opposing Obamacare is the party's way back to the hearts and minds of the nation's voters -- or at least those who vote for US Senators and Presidents. The problem: the GOP House can't force the Senate to do its bidding.
The US Senate isn't going to vote for the "push me off a cliff" proposal. So what point are the House members like Eric Cantor and John Boehner making?
The only clarity is that there is so much poisonous rancor inside the GOP, all the American public can do is a) either sit back and watch in spellbound disbelief, or 2) ignore it. Alot of Americans are ignoring Congress.
A lot of people are ignoring the pyrotechnics. They've given up on looking for jobs. They've given up on public institutions. They've given up on government.
The GOP believes at its core, people believe and vote for their own self-interest. Well OK, my GOP friends: consider this little piece of my self interest.
I buy my own health care insurance. My deductible is so high, I am assured of never tapping its benefits beyond pharmacy costs unless there is a catastrophe. I recently paid out of pocket for a procedure that wasn't covered by my insurance. It never occurred to me that it might not work. It didn't. Fortunately, I'm not significantly worse off -- except poorer and shaken -- , but it also never occurred to me that if I WAS injured, my health insurance company could scrub itself of responsibility for the consequences.
Without getting into details, my experience -- not unusual for anyone in advancing middle age -- is by no means unique. I ran into the broken US health care system. Broken. It didn't hurt me badly, but it could have. Yes, if you are rich enough or have a gold-plated health care policy (like members of Congress!), we have the finest medical doctors and technologies in the world. But there is NO REASON other than corporate greed that health care costs are so high for individuals and families. There is NO REASON that the health care DELIVERY system is in the lower ranks of the developed world.
GOP House members keep saying, we have the best health care system in the world. What planet are they living on? The GOP's hair-brained mission -- tying the national debt ceiling to Obamacare -- could be the straw that breaks the voters' backs.
Let Obamacare roll out. Fix parts that don't work. GOP, don't hold the nation hostage to whatever cool-aid House leaders are passing around in caucus. Voters, rebel.