House GOP: Let’s back off and let ObamaCare speak for itself

posted at 12:01 pm on November 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Napoleon once said, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” House Republicans have decided to follow that advice, often reiterated by John Boehner, according to National Journal’s Tim Alberta and Billy House.  Rather than launch a public-relations attack on ObamaCare, they’re going to let it speak for itself and head home for the recess:

Amid the drip-drip-drip of problems surrounding the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans appear to be seriously considering the notion that the best course may be to pipe down and allow Obamacare supporters to continue bleeding.

“To put it in context, we should just try to get out of our own damn way for now,” said one House GOP leadership aide.

House members left Washington on Thursday and are out this week, giving lawmakers extended time in their districts for constituent services. The timing is perfect for House Republican leaders, who have grown wary of distracting the public from Obamacare’s wobbly rollout with GOP attacks on the law.

The strategy is a stark contrast to the bombastic tone Republicans struck fighting the law to the point of a government shutdown, and then beyond. And, according to some lawmakers, there was discussion among House members about cancelling the break and staying in Washington to continue hammering the health care law.

But House leaders dismissed that idea, feeling confident that the best thing they can do is step back, be quiet, and let Americans watch Obamacare’s supporters contend with a faulty website, rising premiums, and an avalanche of policy cancellations.

Essentially, top Republicans believe the negative headlines surrounding the law are doing more damage to the Obamacare brand than any hearing they can conduct or press conference they can stage. The problems speak for themselves, they argue, and Republicans risk overplaying their hand with vocal criticism.

When they return, Darrell Issa still plans to conduct an investigation into the debacle through the Oversight Committee, but that will be to get people on the record and prepare for future policy battles.  The strategy now is to stop stepping on the national news stories that erupt every day, sometimes several times a day, detailing the dishonesty and incompetence from the White House that created the Healthcare.gov debacle, and to keep people focused on the horror stories emerging from the Obama administration’s manipulations of the health-insurance market.

The Associated Press has a brand-news story today on sticker shock in the individual markets, for instance:

The Griffins are among millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies and are receiving notices that those policies are being discontinued because they don’t meet the higher benefit requirements of the new law.

They can buy different policies directly from insurers for 2014 or sign up for plans on state insurance exchanges. While lower-income people could see lower costs because of government subsidies, many in the middle class may get rude awakenings when they access the websites and realize they’ll have to pay significantly more.

Those not eligible for subsidies generally receive more comprehensive coverage than they had under their soon-to-be-canceled policies, but they’ll have to pay a lot more.

Because of the higher cost, the Griffins are considering paying the federal penalty – about $100 or 1 percent of income next year – rather than buying health insurance. They say they are healthy and don’t typically run up large health care costs. Dean Griffin said that will be cheaper because it’s unlikely they will get past the nearly $13,000 deductible for the coverage to kick in. …

His company pays about $100 monthly for his basic health plan. He said he’ll now have to pay $600 monthly for a mid-tier silver plan on the state exchange. The family policy also covers his 8-year-old son. Even though the federal government is contributing a $500 subsidy, he said the $600 he’s left to pay is too high. He’s considering the penalty.

“I feel like they’re forcing me to do something that I don’t want to do or need to do,” Davis, 40, said.

Meanwhile, a Stage 4 cancer patient writes in the Wall Street Journal that ObamaCare is forcing her to drop the doctors who have kept her alive.  Edie Littlefield Sundby lives in California, and until this year had a policy from United Healthcare that had never given her any coverage problems.  Thanks to the mandates of ObamaCare, United is pulling out of the individual market in California, and her options don’t include keeping her specialists:

You would think it would be simple to find a health-exchange plan that allows me, living in San Diego, to continue to see my primary oncologist at Stanford University and my primary care doctors at the University of California, San Diego. Not so. UCSD has agreed to accept only one Covered California plan—a very restrictive Anthem EPO Plan. EPO stands for exclusive provider organization, which means the plan has a small network of doctors and facilities and no out-of-network coverage (as in a preferred-provider organization plan) except for emergencies. Stanford accepts an Anthem PPO plan but it is not available for purchase in San Diego (only Anthem HMO and EPO plans are available in San Diego).

So if I go with a health-exchange plan, I must choose between Stanford and UCSD. Stanford has kept me alive—but UCSD has provided emergency and local treatment support during wretched periods of this disease, and it is where my primary-care doctors are.

Before the Affordable Care Act, health-insurance policies could not be sold across state lines; now policies sold on the Affordable Care Act exchanges may not be offered across county lines.

What happened to the president’s promise, “You can keep your health plan”? Or to the promise that “You can keep your doctor”? Thanks to the law, I have been forced to give up a world-class health plan. The exchange would force me to give up a world-class physician.

For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.

It may not be the point, but it’s going to be the result — as Republicans have warned for years.  The media scoffed at the vehement arguments in that period.  Maybe they can catch up in the quiet quickly enough to save Edie Littlefield Sundby and all those like her.


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I don’t want them to completely remain silent on this. Show up on TV and radio to tell Obama, the Dems, and their supporters that we told ya so. And link all these horror stories directly to Obamacare. But in terms of policy, I agree. Stay the hell away. Let the Dems completely own this and attempt to defend it.

Doughboy on November 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Only Obama voters deserve medical care.

Deafdog on November 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

When the Donks are forced to delay the individual mandate, will the national parks close again?

antipc on November 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

That makes a major presumption not at all supported by evidence.

That the voting public hears the problems.

And not a steady MSM stream of beneficiaries, even if they have to make those up out of whole cloth.

jhnone on November 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Only Obama voters deserve TO LOSE medical care.

Deafdog on November 4, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Fixed it for you champ

HotAirian on November 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The White House attacked Sundby this morning…do you think anyone is safe from these thugs. We’re beyond old political platitudes.
Yeah, let’s sit back and be quiet.

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Van Jones is more critical of this White House than the cowardly GOP….!

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Weasels unite!

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Wrong stategy for the GOP unless you are a RINO.

bgibbs1000 on November 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

All those claims about sticker shock, for example, come from obviously misleading comparisons.

-Paul “Deficits are Horrible Awesome!” Krugman (9/8/13)

mankai on November 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

From the AP – it also goes beyond sticker shock as the count of those who can’t keep their insurance now exceeds 3.5 million, and that is only from half the states.

This is going to be a refrain, but there are many more shoes to drop on the EpicClusterFark because what is wrong with the ACA goes far beyond just the website and the lies of the Administration that are getting all of the attention.

Pretty much everything said by the Administration, Congressional Democrats, and the sycophants in the lamestream media shilling for the ACA was a blatant lie. Not only were they lying, but they are also still smug in the belief that they will not have to pay a price for those lies.

It is going to be harder and harder for the Administration to spin this EpicClusterFark. For every ‘winner’ they trot forward to highlight or serve as a prop for an Obama ‘ShamWow’ pitch, there are going to be millions of Edie Littlefield Sundby’s who have lost their coverage – and now find their future prospects increasingly grim. Oh, and yes, a ‘death panel’ is another one of those shoes that has dropped, and will drop more as the ACA goes forward.

Athos on November 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

House GOP: Let’s back off

Let me get this straight….

The GOP wants to go silent on ObamaCare and ‘get louder’ about the Tea Party.

Who knew?

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Maybe Karl could bring out his deadly white board with some unreadable numbers and dates on it…?

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 12:14 PM

He’s dead Jim…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0yXqU-w9U0

workingclass artist on November 4, 2013 at 12:15 PM

GOP = Surrender

Panther on November 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I don’t want them to completely remain silent on this. Show up on TV and radio to tell Obama, the Dems, and their supporters that we told ya so. And link all these horror stories directly to Obamacare. But in terms of policy, I agree. Stay the hell away. Let the Dems completely own this and attempt to defend it.

Doughboy on November 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I don’t disagree with what they’re saying, but I do agree that there needs to be some level of open (but somber) schadenfreude and “told ya so” over this. If the GOP is too loud about how awful this whole thing is, then the media will make that the story in order to deflect criticism.

We need to let this flag of suck unfurl at its own pace, only occasionally jumping to get in an occasional jab to the ribs while they’re at their most vulnerable.

mintycrys on November 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Republicans should be making an issue of O-Care even when Obama tries to change the subject — which the White House has already said is its new strategy.

Obama wants to talk about amnesty now? Great. Republicans should be on t.v. asking how Americans are going to be able to afford to pay billions of dollars’ worth of O-Care subisdies every year to millions of newly-legalized illegal alien families.

And if Obama says newly-legalized illegals won’t be eligible for O-Care, then Republicans should ask why out-of-work Americans should be forced to compete for scarce jobs against newly-legalized illegal aliens who, because of their O-Care ineligibility, are substantially cheaper for employers to hire than American applicants.

This stupid law is a debacle in so many different ways. And Republicans should be pointing that out at every possible opportunity.

AZCoyote on November 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Whiteouse.gov still ‘misspeaking’

If you like your plan you can keep it and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.

Maybe the GOP would have time to mention this.

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Wow, GOP actually learning something.

Remember how much we all screamed for Mitt Romney to say something about the Benghazi attack and the video nonsense on 9/11/12? Then as soon as he opened his mouth, HE became the story and the media let Obama off the hook.

They would love to do the same thing now. Obama’s approval rating is falling through the floor, but Republicans’ ratings are even worse. Why give the media the opportunity to write about what Republicans are saying?

rockmom on November 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Still Hapless.

Bmore on November 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Why give the media the opportunity to write about what Republicans are saying?

rockmom on November 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

That’s weird. Don’t we want them to write about what we are saying?

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Death panel

Philly on November 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Why does Edie have to die?

Daddy, are you going to let Edie die? But you said Edie could keep her doctors and keep her health plan….and now Edie can’t do that. Why are you doing this to her???

ted c on November 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

“Daddy, do we have any more squirrels?”

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

You get out of the way when your oponent is shooting themselves in the foot. When they’re spinning you need to counter the spin. And they are spinning now.

bgibbs1000 on November 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Because the Dems remained silent when Iraq and Katrina recovery went bad, right?

Jack_Burton on November 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

The GOP is more interested in gathering their forces to put down Ted Cruz and the upstarts.

Real people are getting hurt by this debacle and they remain quiet.

The fear of the State Run Media trumps all.

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

For a cancer patient, medical coverage is a matter of life and death. Take away people’s ability to control their medical-coverage choices and they may die. I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.

The real point here is simple: Who gets to make these medical decisions, the patient or the state. Libfreeordie and those of his ilk, wants such patients to die to better fund welfare programs.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Let me get this straight….

The GOP wants to go silent on ObamaCare and ‘get louder’ about the Tea Party.

Who knew?

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Let’s us know which of the two they consider the real problem, eh?

Of course the Quisling Republicans want to go silent on Obamacare – their silence will make it, for LIV’s, seem as if the Democrat assertions that the GOP is responsible for the ACA challenges are actually valid.

The proper approach would be to continue to hammer the Administration over the litany of lies told to ‘sell’ the ACA, that the GOP had a number of alternative solutions that were ignored (‘I Won’), were locked out of the meetings that constructed the Frankenstein known as the ACA, and despite all of their efforts to bring a bi-partisan approach to healthcare reform, the bill was rammed through Congress via bribes, backroom deals, reconciliation, and no one actually reading what they voted for.

Athos on November 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

No, you need to argue against this crap sandwich and actually lead. Doing nothing is not leading.

Oil Can on November 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

This strategy seems to be working so far.

HellCat on November 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

At last. Obama set fire to his agenda and his legacy with the Obamacare roll-out. Why shouldn’t the Republicans sit back and enjoy the warm glow?

RebeccaH on November 4, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Whiteouse.gov still ‘misspeaking’

If you like your plan you can keep it and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

They have a pat answer for this. It is the evil insurance companies that are cancelling plans, not Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Because the Dems remained silent when Iraq and Katrina recovery went bad, right?

Jack_Burton on November 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

SPOT ON.

ToddPA on November 4, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Didn’t Neville Chamberlian say the same thing about those pesky German Fellows?

kingsjester on November 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Mitt Romney is not the best example of how to fight the State Run Media or the thug Progs…

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Once again I hear an “old strategy and tactic.” Chicago Thug politics is in full swing and we are supposed to be quiet???

That worked when we still had a population of voters who paid some attention. Voter who still used common sense and logic.

Rs have used the strategy to WAIT since O got elected. What did that get them or us?

I am not recommending they get stupid about it…but a nice refined strategy of fighting would be appreciated.

CoffeeLover on November 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

“Pipe down?” “Step back?” It’s tough to do those things when half the time you’re hiding under your desk and the other half you’re busy fragging your own people.

ncjetsfan on November 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I think let this play out but then attack with a solution. Say we know this sucks and this is how we would/can fix it.

gophergirl on November 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

When they return, Darrell Issa still plans to conduct an investigation into the debacle through the Oversight Committee,

Whatever. I’m done with Issa. Am about half-convinced at this point that his purpose it to make it look like they’re investigating, but with the overriding intent being to help make sure no one is ever held accountable for anything.

Midas on November 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

The GOP is now committed to losing the battle to frame this debate.

Maybe this disaster is too big and obvious for the liberals/media to re-frame but the GOP is going to let them try.

I wouldn’t be surprised that if by summer-time we wont be talking about GOP free market alternatives to ObamaCare but rather the need to bail out the insurance companies and why don’t we just nationalize healthcare because the bailout proves that the free market can’t handle this where profit is put before people. The GOP will also be portrayed as hating poor people for not wanting to help Democrats pass the law they wanted to all along and wont even help Democrats make the “minor” fixes need to ObamaCare.

gwelf on November 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

You get out of the way when your oponent is shooting themselves in the foot. When they’re spinning you need to counter the spin. And they are spinning now.

bgibbs1000 on November 4, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Agreed. But, at the same time, you tell them to go to hell when the Dems suddenly decide that delaying the individual mandate is a pretty darned good idea after all.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

ncjetsfan on November 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

well said.

CoffeeLover on November 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

Wonder if they understand…. or are they gonna just retreat to protect the system

roflmmfao

donabernathy on November 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

I think let this play out but then attack with a solution. Say we know this sucks and this is how we would/can fix it.

gophergirl on November 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I’ll know they don’t really have a solution if tort reform isn’t at the top of any list of things to reign in healthcare costs.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

And the GOP isn’t simply letting Obamacare suffer from it’s own weight – they’re spending this time planning and attacking their real enemy – conservatives.

Midas on November 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Napoleon had that little Waterloo problem..

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

They need to go home and listen to the voters. Speaking up will just allow the media to go to their lazy fallback “democrats said this” and “republicans said that” story.

Right now it’s a “democrats said this” but “the reality is different” story.

They can only screw that up by staying in DC and holding hearings and press conferences. We saw how well that worked with Benghazi and the IRS.

kcewa on November 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

The timing is perfect for House Republican leaders, who have grown wary of distracting the public from Obamacare’s wobbly rollout with GOP attacks on the law.

This is as stupid as it gets. The notion that fighting against a bad law is somehow distracting from how bad that law is, can only be rationalized by an idiot! Of course, this is EXACTLY what the RINO’s and the MSM have been desperatly pushing since their SUPPORT for Obamacare was EXPOSED!

But House leaders dismissed that idea, feeling confident that the best thing they can do is step back, be quiet, and let Americans watch Obamacare’s supporters contend with a faulty website, rising premiums, and an avalanche of policy cancellations.

GREAT! So the Republican plan is to let my life go down in FLAMES in order to ‘get out the vote’ for MORE Republicans that simple DO NOT CARE if my insurance is cancelled FOREVER!!

Do these Washington insiders still wonder WHY people call Republicans ‘The STUPID Party’?

Freddy on November 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Once again I hear an “old strategy and tactic.” Chicago Thug politics is in full swing and we are supposed to be quiet???

That worked when we still had a population of voters who paid some attention. Voter who still used common sense and logic.

Rs have used the strategy to WAIT since O got elected. What did that get them or us?

I am not recommending they get stupid about it…but a nice refined strategy of fighting would be appreciated.

CoffeeLover on November 4, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The GOP is in PTSD mode after their flub of the shutdown & debt ceiling, and cannot be counted on to fight right now (and probably not until again until a smart leader takes charge…)

Anti-Control on November 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

And the GOP isn’t simply letting Obamacare suffer from it’s own weight – they’re spending this time planning and attacking their real enemy – conservatives.

Midas on November 4, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Yeah because Cruz and Lee really look like fools for what they claimed was going to happen, no? /

This is what angers me most. The surrender weasels, including the live to fight another day crowd at HA, act as if this is some sort of a strategy. The GOP should have been fighting Obamacare with more than words from the very beginning and yet the only people that tried were those evil “tea baggers” that HA moderators and Boehner hate more than they hate Democrats or radical programs like Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

How about the GOP offering a solution to the Obamacare problem? Maybe I haven’t paid close enough attention but I haven’t heard of anything other than repeal or delay over the last few months.

CTSherman on November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Here’s why this works, short term — one of the tactics the Democrats and their partisan shills in Punditland tried last week as the Alinsky demonization sttrategy — except that this time, the targets were people with individual health insurance plans who were facing cancellation, including many, many Democratic voters.

Your policy sucks and you’re too stupid to know it,” or the even worse “Your lying about how bad your situation is” tactic opens up a whole new world of people who may not be conservative, but who are now being subject to the same tactics Tea Party supporters have faced since 2009 (and the Democrats botched that one, too, by taking the Alinsky individual demonization game-plan and trying to use it to tar an entire movement, which in part led to their midterm wipe-out in 2010).

Even the low info/soft Democratic voters aren’t going to stand for being attacked or called stupid by the hard-core liberal Democrats as their plans are cancelled, though for those on company health plans they may not figure that out until their plans are scuttled about this time next year. The Dems to some extent have made the term “Tea Party” anathema to these same low-info voters, but trying to turn anyone complaining about losing their health plan into some stupid/evil right-wing fanatic is something at the moment at least even the TV networks and The New York Times can’t fully swallow. Better to let the Dems keep Uzi-ing themselves in the foot for the next few weeks, at least until it’s undeniable that the healthcare.gov website won’t be able to process plans for people before the 12/31/13 insurance cancellation Armageddon arrives.

jon1979 on November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

GOP leadership: “Then it’s settled. We’ll rely on the media to expose Obamcare for the fraud that it is. And we’ll go back to doing what voters sent us to DC to do: reaming the Tea Party, crucifying Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, exempting ourselves and our staffers from Obamacare, sneaking amnesty past our constituents while they are whining about Obamacare, and doing all that we can to lose control of the House and to fail to take control of the Senate.”

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Wasn’t it our good friend Alan Grayson that said the Republican health care plan was “Don’t get sick … If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: “Die quickly.” ?

It seems he was really talking about Obamacare. If you don’t get sick you won’t need to pay those high deductibles, and if you do get sick, well, you really are a burden on the rest of us, ya know./s

NbyNW on November 4, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Speak louder and have a smaller di*k.

Schadenfreude on November 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Let’s not forget the Patient Choices Act of 2009–there was always an alternative. That needs to be the response now, the screeching can come from policy holders, who happen to be voters.

hillsoftx on November 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Having smart media savy leadership is a real problem for the current crop of GOP’ers…
When you let Johnny Mc and Peter King speak for your party…well, you know. That is, unless you agree with them?

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

House GOP: Let’s back off and let ObamaCare speak for itself

But keep attacking Conservatives unabated…

The stupidest God Damned party evah…

ToddPA on November 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

How about the GOP offering a solution to the Obamacare problem? Maybe I haven’t paid close enough attention but I haven’t heard of anything other than repeal or delay over the last few months.

CTSherman on November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Here’s one

Here’s another

kcewa on November 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

That’s weird. Don’t we want them to write about what we are saying?

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Because right now Republicans are less popular than Obama. The White House/media would like nothing better than to make Republicans the story here. Republicans wisely are not letting them.

Any Republican Congressman or Senator can go home during this recess and simply say, “this is why I did not vote for that bill, all of this was predicted and easily foreseeable.”

The only Republicans who should be saying anything are candidates running against vulnerable Democrats, and they should only say it to local media.

rockmom on November 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Three more years of Obummer’s economic and health policies, this may be not far fetched.

Deano1952 on November 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

I guess that’s a highly effective way to control medical costs. Perhaps that’s the point.

Death Panels, anyone?

Kafir on November 4, 2013 at 12:44 PM

savy = savvy….?

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM

How about the GOP offering a solution to the Obamacare problem? Maybe I haven’t paid close enough attention but I haven’t heard of anything other than repeal or delay over the last few months.

CTSherman on November 4, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Pretty lame point…..so the GOP puts forth
a plan, or series of alternatives right now and what happens?

Why the Dems and media beat up on that and make that the issue
in the news cycle….no thanks.

The Dems own this, it is THE issue at the moment. Why is it
that the Repubs ALWAYS have to come up with some
Super Duper SOLUTION, but the Dems ALWAYS beat the hell
out of any Republican policy that has failed?
Sorry, but we need to pile drive this Government Abortion
into the minds of EVERY AMERICAN.

THEN we’ll come up with alternatives…..

ToddPA on November 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

The GOP is the away football team that’s gone into halftime up 35-0 against a popular, high-octane offensive team. It’s receiving the second-half kickoff, and for the entire second half it plans to dust off its two-tight-end, T-formation set and to play prevent defense.

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

That’s weird. Don’t we want them to write about what we are saying?

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Not when they’re going to distort it. If they cover it at all. We should be speaking directly to the voters with an alternative while they’re engaged in this issue.

kcewa on November 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

And here I thought the Republican leadership couldn’t get any dumber.

I have no problem with them going home for recess, but they should all be holding townhalls to note they offered alternatives to Obamacare, they didn’t vote for Obamacare, they tried to repeal it, they tried to defund it, they even tried to correct the most disastrous parts of it, all to no avail because they were in the minority when fraudulent law was deceitfully passed by the Dems and signed by Obama.

The Dems are not committing suicide, they’re making war on a not insignificant minority of the public. The people losing insurance now are just one small part of those who will lose their insurance. Another large cohort will lose theirs when the waiver given to businesses expires after the 2014 elections and another large cohort of the public will see taxes imposed people who have very good insurance policies they already have. And everyone will see their deductibles necessarily skyrocket.

There’s a lot more to explain to the public and Republicans should be doing it day in and day out. But it can’t be all doom and gloom. They need to give people hope, a hope unlike the one the Lightworker and his Democrat Party deceitfully talked about in order to foist this historic consumer fraud as a solution on the American people. They need to give the people true hope that things will be different and better if the Republicans are elected in 2014.

Dusty on November 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Obama Lied, Cancer Patients Died!!!

Anyone for an ad showing Obama pushing Edie Littlefield Sundby over a cliff?

Steve Z on November 4, 2013 at 12:49 PM

“I’m really good at killing people”.

Ben Hur on November 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Maybe the GOP could ever so slightly side with the real Americans that are getting hurt in this debacle…maybe? If they really care about them? Without attacking the media’s Messiah?

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Lead, Follow, or get the hell out of the way!

Sitting back and watching this thing crash and burn, however admirable, is not the coarse I would like us take.

A comprehensive offensive strategy done in the proper way would highlight the failures in this “Law” while not making the story about us saying, nanny, nanny, and boo-boo.

We lack a good spokesperson and have for years. This has got to stop. We need to come to a consensus and have a comprehensive strategy to combat this and a spokesperson with credibility to give out our message and sees that it remains front and center.

Sorry, I’m dreaming thinking that the republicans could/would do this.

D-fusit on November 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Awful lot of closet Democrats on this thread today.

The House GOP leadership is explicitly endorsing the “let it burn” strategy that was championed not less than a week ago by the very same people complaining today - and yet they’re “stupid” because they’re not putting up a fight.

KingGold on November 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

The House Republicans should not go silent on Obamacare, but be willing to speak out when asked about it, and push for not only a delay in the individual mandate, but a rewriting of the regulations so that ALL health insurance policies in effect as of March 2010 are grandfathered, as Sen. Ron Johnson is trying to do in the Senate.

Those that go home to their districts should be holding town hall meetings about Obamacare, to hear grievances from the public that they can later use against Democrats when they return to the House.

Also, Republican candidates for Democrat Senate seats up for election in 2014 should be using the “sticker shock” fiasco as a campaign tool, with the promise to repeal Obamacare entirely if Republicans gain a majority in the Senate.

Steve Z on November 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

The Tea Party, or some affiliated groups, need to come up with ads saying “This is why we marched. We knew this was coming. There is more on the way.” Not in an “I told you so” fashion, but in a compassionate, we feel your pain sort of way.

29Victor on November 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Typical Republican elite response- Nothing!! But for that tea party bunch, bring out the brigade! Absolutely, twisted!!

mobydutch on November 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Let it burn….but faster! And help those who are getting hurt. Do the GOP’ers really care about Americans that are getting hurt? or they playing the game?

Don’t worry about winning or losing, do your job on every play like there is no tomorrow. Winning will take care of itself…paraphrasing Nick Saban.

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Once again, the GOP Establishment demonstrate their stupidity and ineptness.

Let me guess: this is the advice they are receiving from Rove and the other consultants who are nothing but Democrat “implants”, right?

The same consultants that advised them not to attack Obama, not to respond to Dem attacks on Bush, fold on Obamacare, and pass amnesty.

These consultants shy away from attacks on Democrats but are eager to poke their fingers into the eyes of the party’s conservative base. They call us “wacko birds”, “hobbits”, and do not hesitate to call the Obama defunding strategy “misguided”.

Come to think of it… has anyone heard the GOP Establishment at least criticizing the Democrats for their lies with respect to Obamacare?

TheRightMan on November 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

this is a decent strategy. if unaffected americans hear dems spinning and repubs attacking all they get from the media will be “evil repubs sabotaging, racist, etc” but if what they are hearing is the people who have been cancelled and having huge increases in premiums and deductibles, losing access to doctors, etc and the dem rebuttal of “deal with it” it allows it sink in since its from a nuetral source. go low profile and in a couple of weeks remind people of someof the ideas GOP floated – insurance across state lines, tort reform, etc.

chasdal on November 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

DC Republicans should be HAMMERING the Democrats into the ground over this, but they’re not even in the fight — as usual.

Lizzy on November 4, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I almost forgot, that go getter, Obama, gives the Republican leadership their daily talking points.

mobydutch on November 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I would tell Republicans to go for the jugular, but they don’t even know what that means. DC Republicans disgust me.

Lizzy on November 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Edith Littlefield Sundby happens to be my cousin. She has bravely and successfully fought her cancer for several years now, and her optimism, courage, integrity, and strength have been inspirational to me—and because she has participated in state and national events spotlighting cancer awareness—to thousands of other Americans. Charles Krauthammer would recognize her as a kindred spirit. (A message from JC and Joy’s eldest.)

Oracleforhire on November 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

How about instead of backing off, you provide a megaphone for the Obamacare victims? That’s what the Dems would do if it were… oh, say, Republican cuts in the school lunch program.

de rigueur on November 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Because of the higher cost, the Griffins are considering paying the federal penalty – about $100 or 1 percent of income next year – rather than buying health insurance.

They’re leaving something out in this statement. The penalty is about $100 or 1 percent of income next year, whichever is higher.

Only if the Griffin household income is just $10,000/year will they be paying “about $100.” I’m thinking the federal penalty this family pays is going to be significantly higher, and for most people, higher than they are expecting or have been led to believe. And even after they pay it, they’re still uninsured.

I can guess what the Democrats were thinking when they cooked this up. But, Justice Roberts, WTF were you thinking?

cheeflo on November 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Let it burn….but faster! And help those who are getting hurt. Do the GOP’ers really care about Americans that are getting hurt? or they playing the game?

Don’t worry about winning or losing, do your job on every play like there is no tomorrow. Winning will take care of itself…paraphrasing Nick Saban.

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 1:09 PM

I like the sports’ reference…I fully believe our side is going to win this, by default, because ChoomCare is irrevocably imploding on its own – no thanks to the feckless GOP leadership, of course! :)

Anti-Control on November 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

You said it.

Cylor on November 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

As much as I would LOVE to see the “I told you so!” routine unfold, I don’t think it will win arguements. How would you respond to someone shouting “I told you so!” at you? Most likely negative…

I do think though that the repubs need an answer for the inevitable, “Oh yeah?! What would YOU recommend?”

lucyvanpelt on November 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Well, they do have a point. The more Republicans push back against Obamacare, the more the media seems compelled to push back against Republicans, instead of reporting the problems with the law. Maybe this strategy will result in more negative press regarding Obamacare instead of Republicans, for once. Or maybe not, a girl can dream though.

mbs on November 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I can guess what the Democrats were thinking when they cooked this up. But, Justice Roberts, WTF were you thinking?
cheeflo on November 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

That sticks in my craw even more than Obama pushing this.

Cleombrotus on November 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I agree with the idea of letting your opponent make mistakes and capitalizing on those mistakes.

the problem I foresee with the GOP going radio silent is that the media is going to circle the wagons and develop stories to try and protect Obamacare.

In other words, they should in fact be pounding on this. Yes, they have to be smart enough to pound on the Obamacare issues without harming themselves – which is always difficult for the GOP – but they do need to do more than “let it implode” b/c the media is going to go all in trying to protect Obama/Obamacare.

Regardless, don’t forget that the GOP plans to lie to you about its intentions on Amnesty and then pass Amnesty. So don’t give the GOP money, and don’t volunteer for the GOP. And don’t vote for the GOP.

The GOP is going to pass amnesty. And, when push comes to shove, the GOP is not going to do much in an effort to repeal Obamacare. instead, they will come up with “fixes”.

So, we are equally screwed no matter what.

Monkeytoe on November 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Time for the GOP to keep telling these stories.

Fallon on November 4, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Still Hapless.

Bmore on November 4, 2013 at 12:20 PM


And Feckless … And Corrupt

The GOPe sees this as a golden opportunity to focus on their PRIMARY objective:

Crushing the TEA Party.

GOPe-media endorses ignoring golden opportunity to REPEAL Obamacare

Napoleon once said, “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

How about we STOP taking 200 year old advice from a meglomaniac who made TWO of the biggest strategic mistakes EVER?

and go with something like this:

“When your enemy is making a mistake, PUSH him out of the frying pan and into the FIRE.
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This is the PERFECT time to point out that next year the same LIES will cause millions of Americans with employer plans to LOSE their coverage and be forced to PAY MORE.

PolAgnostic on November 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM

is a decent strategy. if unaffected americans hear dems spinning and repubs attacking all they get from the media will be “evil repubs sabotaging, racist, etc” but if what they are hearing is the people who have been cancelled and having huge increases in premiums and deductibles, losing access to doctors, etc and the dem rebuttal of “deal with it” it allows it sink in since its from a nuetral source. go low profile and in a couple of weeks remind people of someof the ideas GOP floated – insurance across state lines, tort reform, etc.

chasdal on November 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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I think at least the GOP should be putting out some “this is why we fight” ads. Saying, at least indirectly, “We’re not racist, we don’t hate Obama, we don’t hate the poor. But we knew this is what Obamacare would do to people — we were fighting for you.”

They could attack the policy without saying anything “nasty” or “mean” and then, perhaps, use to opportunity to educate the public on conservatism.

29Victor on November 4, 2013 at 1:37 PM

The GOP should be focusing on the next shoe to drop, which is TAXES resulting from O-abysmalcare. They won’t because they’re too focused on a website or trying to push back enacting this law for another year. The real train wreck will be what happens when this law is fully implemented and you’re going to have to report the subsidy under your adjusted gross income. But alas, we have dumba**es leading the GOP.

moonsbreath on November 4, 2013 at 1:42 PM

It may not be the point, but it’s going to be the result — as Republicans have warned for years. The media scoffed at the vehement arguments in that period. Maybe they can catch up in the quiet quickly enough to save Edie Littlefield Sundby and all those like her.

Yeah, right. here’s an edit for accuracy:

It may not be the point, but it’s going to be the result — as Republicans have warned for years. The media scoffed at the vehement arguments in that period. Maybe Now they can catch up in the quiet quickly enough to save will loudly and vehemently demonize Edie Littlefield Sundby and all those like her in order to save President Precious Lightworker Sort of God, because Tea bagger RethugliKKKans.

Sacramento on November 4, 2013 at 1:57 PM

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