Boehner of all people actually suggested that if Obama is really serious about cutting the deficit, he should agree to at least negotiate on cutting certain portions of Obamacare. He wrote in an op-ed in the Cincinnati Enquirer:
“The president’s health care law adds a massive, expensive, unworkable government program at a time when our national debt already exceeds the size of our country’s entire economy. We can’t afford it, and we can’t afford to leave it intact. That’s why I’ve been clear that the law has to stay on the table as both parties discuss ways to solve our nation’s massive debt challenge.”
It seems like just yesterday that Boehner was calling Obamacare the “law of the land” and saying that it’s here to stay. And now he wants Obama to negotiate cuts to it? Better late than never, I suppose.
White House automaton Jay Carney responded to Boehner at a press conference, telling reporters that Obamacare shouldn’t be on the table for discussion with regards to negotiating around the “fiscal cliff” because Obamacare “reduces the deficit considerably.” This Obama yes-man and other liberals are using an outdated CBO estimate from July as a basis for saying that cutting Obamacare will actually increase the deficit and raise the national debt. Since when do they even care about the deficit and the national debt? I thought debt was good and necessary for a growing economy, and that deficits don’t matter. At least that’s what another White House yes-man Paul Krugman believes. So why are they all of a sudden pretending to care about reducing the deficit and paying down the debt?
It’s all a distraction. Whether or not Obamacare reduces the deficit or increases it is not really the main point. The media, the left, and many on the right are using this hyped up media creation they’ve called the fiscal cliff to ram through all sorts of tax increases for the new year, and they’ve framed the debate such that the suggestion of cutting Obamacare is tantamount to throwing America off this financial precipice. Letting Obamacare be will save the economy.
The supposed “savings” generated by Obamacare are drops in the bucket compared to the national debt and all the unfunded liabilities. And that’s assuming the Democrats’ numbers are accurate. There have been other studies done that show that Obamacare will do the opposite and increase the deficit by almost $2 trillion over the next decade.
Whatever the case, Republicans should still be focused on not raising taxes, making drastic and real cuts to the budget and completely dismantling Obamacare. We should repeal Obamacare not just because it costs too much for the government, but because it will destroy the economy. Yes, instead of America falling off the pecuniary canyon, with Obamacare, we’ll be thrown off.
All the tax increases, regulations, and mandates are forcing employers to fire their staff, cut hours, cut pay, or just shut down because compliance is too costly. Encouraging economic growth should be the focus, but politicians and the media are trying to convince people that “saving” a few million dollars here and there to be applied toward the deficit at the expense of the taxpayers will save the world from financial ruin.
Further, Carney claimed:
“I would simply point out to you that the Supreme Court has spoken, the American people have spoken, congressional leaders of both parties have spoken, and we’re going to continue with [Obamacare’s] implementation.”
The people have spoken, and according to a recent Gallup poll, for the first time, a majority of Americans are now opposed to the federal government offering “free” health insurance. Gallup reported:
“For the first time in Gallup trends since 2000, a majority of Americans say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage.”
So maybe people are coming in our direction. Politicians on both sides are not representing their constituents very well, but since they got voted in, they can do whatever they want. But Republicans need to stop being distracted by “negotiations” and “compromises.” They need to fight to reduce dramatically the size and scope of the federal government. That should always be their goal and focus. Doing so would obviate the need for the majority of our taxes and would give Americans more freedom.