The House GOP Proposes Plan B

The GOP needs to stick to their guns.
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Now, the GOP has a Plan B that they are pushing today, and the New York Times has it with two different headlines.

The first headline for this story: “Raising Fiscal Stakes, GOP Sets Terms to Lift Debt Limit.” The same story posted later, different headline: “House GOP Leaders List Conditions for Raising Debt Ceiling.” Now, what this is, I’ll give you a couple of paragraphs: “House Republican leaders shifted the budget battle on Thursday to a potentially more consequential fight over raising the government’s borrowing limit, rolling out conditions for a debt-ceiling increase that they pulled from three years of frustrated efforts to roll back regulations and undo President Obama’s first-term achievements. …

“They include a one-year delay of the president’s health care law, fast-track authority to overhaul the tax code, construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, offshore oil and gas production, more permitting of energy exploration on federal lands, a rollback of regulations on coal ash, blocking new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on greenhouse gas production…” There are a lot of conditions here that they have put forth in agreeing to lift the debt limit, including a one-year delay of Obamacare.

So instead of defunding Obamacare, they are willing to settle, in addition to another story, for ending the medical device tax and delaying the individual mandate. The employer mandate got a waiver for one year, and so the Republicans are saying, “Well, okay. Then let’s delay the individual mandate for a year, to make it fair.” They’re trying to fix it. This is the compromise.

The employer mandate’s been delayed for a year so the Republicans are saying, “Well, look, we’ll give you the debt limit increase if you get rid of the personal mandate, individual mandate.” All that’s doing is tinkering with it. That’s not defunding it. That’s not rolling it back or stopping it. All of the top Democrats want to do away with the medical device tax anyway. Reid, Dingy Harry, just called it “stupid” a half hour ago.

Delaying the individual mandate will just put the real pain off (laughing) until after the 2014 midterms, which the Democrats want, too! I mean the Republicans ought to, in a strategic sense, the way I look at it, want the individual mandate! If they’re looking for this thing to collapse, and they want people to realize that it’s bad… If they think this will discredit the entitlement state, discredit liberalism, why offer to delay one of the things that might do that, in their thinking?

I don’t profess to understand this.

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