I've read a lot of gloating the last couple days at MSM websites and "progressive" blogs over Boss Obama and the Democrats' seeming "victory" in the whole government shutdown affair. Included in a lot of that boasting is the claim that next year's mid-term elections will be disastrous for the GOP.
The American public's collective memory lasts about one week, maybe two. Conveniently forgotten by all the 'bats is that the GOP won back the House in 2010 (and kept it in 2012) -- a lopsided victory rivaled only by the 1994 GOP House takeover -- precisely because of the clusterf*** that is ObumbleCare. The 1994 victory was in large part for the same reason. So, yeah, sure, the GOP came out the bigger loser after the "deal" made the other day, but is the public gonna give a hoot come November 2014? Or, more likely, will the Hurricane Katrina-like disaster that is ObumbleCare drive people to the polls ... to vote against it?
It's true that all the technical glitches that have plagued the ACA rollout may be resolved by next summer. But, will the drastic increases in healthcare costs that way too many Americans will face be rectified? And, even if the tech problems are resolved, will it be in time? Unlikely. Thus, it's highly likely is that Boss Obama will sometime in the near future anoint himself "savior," and "after much reflection and consideration" propose -- just like the GOP wanted during the recent gov. shutdown -- a delay in the individual mandate. Which, basically, is a delay in the whole of ObumbleCare. This will lessen the anger directed at the administration (and Democrats) before the mid-terms, thereby lessening Republican gains in the House and Senate. The problem with this, however, is it presents problems in 2016 for Hillary Clinton, or whomever becomes President Lemon's Democrat successor.
Also consider the political ads the GOP could air if Obama unilaterally delays ObumbleCare for a year (no, I don't know how he'd be legally able to do that either, but it hasn't stopped him before):
"October 2013: The main request of GOP members of the House and Senate was for a one year delay in ObamaCare. But the president and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate stood firm and said 'no.' The impasse resulted in a two week shutdown of the federal government. And, despite having discretion on the use of funds during the shutdown, the president put more guards at open-air memorials and parks than around the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya. World War II veterans were prevented from visiting their memorial, but a march for illegal immigrants was permitted.
But then, shortly after the shutdown ended, President Obama claimed that after much consideration, he would delay his healthcare plan ... for one year."Posted by Hube at October 18, 2013 01:51 PM | TrackBack