April 8, 2014 by Chris Kite
Healthcare is extraordinarily complex AND personal. The reason it took 100 years to get something done is a pretty good indication of just how complex and personal.
The Republican party has failed to adapt to the real situation and thus finds themselves in a real bind over what should REPLACE “Obamacare.” It is fairly easy to attack something negatively and say get rid of it. It strikes at emotion and plays off of individual things different people don’t like.
Before the bill was passed, it was a very good strategy to tell everyone everything bad about the bill and say it can’t pass. It is even a decent strategy to make up bad things to scare people away. But once something becomes a law, that strategy is going to be a failure unless those things come true. Because the vast majority of the problems were made up, overstated, or not really of concern to the average American, “Obamacare” has continued to grow in popularity and that trend is likely to continue.
The difficulty for the right is to get people on board with an alternative solution. The problem is, the American people don’t agree on what the ideal solution is. Some want a single payer system. Some object to the personal mandate. Some object to the requirements and taxes on corporations. Some think tort reform and cross state insurance are the perfect solution. Just about every American agrees that something needs to be done to fix our healthcare. But there is no consensus on what it should be – nor has there ever been a consensus. Not from the American public. not from Democrats. Not from Republicans. Not from the Tea Party.
If the Republican party is going to rally around an issue, it might be advisable to come up with something specific and a pretty good sales pitch on why it is better. That doesn’t appear likely.