The GOP punditocracy’s fear of winning

Italian Surrender

Yesterday, my colleague Aaron Gardner noted the proposal made by Townhall contributor Guy Benson that the GOP declare defeat on Obamacare and call it a day just in case the Supreme Court strikes down subsidies for most Americans.

Aaron hits the main points cleanly, the 2010 and 2014 elections have been a clear indication from the American people have rejected Obama’s leadership, they have not voted for divided government

Yes, it is true that the President did win reelection in 2012, but he did so without a clear mandate and having actually lost many voters who voted for him in 2008. This capitulation is totally uncalled for and a primary reason why the American people remain skeptical of GOP governance.

Republicans have been giving the House and the Senate, now is the time to use our majorities, force the issues, hold press conferences with those hurt by Obamacare every day, until the Democrats are forced to relent from the pressure applied to them by the public.

Benson’s proposal is a violation of the principle of “don’t negotiate with yourself.” Benson’s real fear is that Obama will lose the upcoming Supreme Court case on subsidies for federal exchanges:

But let’s fast forward a bit to next June and entertain a hypothetical scenario that could very well become reality. Let’s say the Supreme Court reads the text of Obamacare as written and determines that it means what it says: Only consumers in states that set up their own exchanges are eligible for taxpayer subsidies. The immediate consequence would be that most Obamacare consumers, who live in the majority of states that declined to do so, would be denied sizable tax credits that offset the law’s high costs, because that’s what the law requires — as written and rammed through by Democrats.

In Benson’s view, this would be disastrous:

Millions of lower-income people will suddenly face shockingly, prohibitively high costs, and they’ll be stuck either trying to pay the full freight, or dropping out of coverage. This would be a human tragedy.

There are excellent policy and political reasons why we should ignore the impulse to “do something.”


Repeal and replace is a slogan. It is not a policy. There is absolutely no reason to think that a comprehensive bill offered by the GOP, and according to Benson one is in the works under the guidance of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Marco …read more    

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