by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
You’ve likely read that some Republicans in Congress are backing away from the idea of getting rid of the 2010 federal health care law. Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform disputes that narrative in a column posted at Human Events.
There is a big fight in Washington D.C. among Republicans about what to do with Obamacare.
Or is there?
Every Republican in the House and Senate agrees that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a consumer friendly, non-bureaucratic health care system.
The question before Republican elected officials who have to vote on specific legislation and the conservative movement offering strategic advice is how to get from here to there.
This is not a fight between Rockefeller Republicans and Goldwater Republicans. In the not too distant past there was a congressional wing of the GOP that supported new government initiatives and viewed them as permanent once enacted. That is not the case today.
While focusing on how to repeal Obamacare conservatives would do well to celebrate that the party and the movement are united in this goal and are now engaged solely in a question of tactics and strategy. This is a sea change in American politics and a welcome one. …
… Arguments over tactics and strategy are not arguments over principle. Those who are frustrated over the loss of the Senate and White House in 2012 should focus on winning same in 2014 and 2016. Anything that distracts from the fact that the Democrats wrote and voted for his “train wreck” undermines the conservative cause and delays victory over Obamacare.