Jewish World Review Sept. 30, 2013/ 27 Tishrei, 5774
How to save Obamacare
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission."
A glance at the premiums to be charged in those health-insurance exchanges that Obamacare is setting up all across the country reinforces the impression that this whole (un)Affordable Care Act could sink under the sheer weight of its own rules and regulations, vaguenesses and variations, bureaucratic requirements and arbitrary exceptions thereunto.
But there's still a way to save this a-borning monstrosity. However confusing and inchoate Obamacare may be at this point, its supporters can always count on the
That's right. Senator Cruz and headstrong, headlong company are threatening to bring the government of
If this tactic sounds familiar, it should. Because it's backfired before, notably when
Happily for their party, some of the more sensible Republican presidential hopefuls are showing less than enthusiasm for
There are still some level-headed Republican leaders. You just have to look for them. Because they're almost lost in all the sound and fury from the ideologues in their party. They don't make as much noise as the crazies, but they do make a lot more sense.
Instead of defunding Obamacare, why not dismantle it piece by piece? The same way this administration itself has been doing -- by handing out waivers, postponements and various exemptions to it? By now we've lost count of all the businesses, labor unions, churches, states, Native American tribes and other favored entities released from Obamacare's grip, not to mention members of
And what about the myriad of other conscientious objectors who don't want to be made unwilling accomplices to abortion and sterilization under Obamacare's numerous regulations, whether they're individual citizens (like Catholic doctors and nurses, for example) or businesses (like
There are so many folks with consciences of their own out there that, after exempting all of them from Obamacare's provisions, what'd be left of it?
Pass enough exceptions to a rule and --poof! -- the rule itself is gone. Which would be a public service in this case. And it can be accomplished without forcing a showdown in
But if you think threatening to shut down the whole government is a sure loser of an idea, it ain't nothin' compared to Republican hard-liners' opposition to comprehensive immigration reform.
Proposing to shut down the government might lose the
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