EDITORIAL: On Obamacare Shutdown, GOP Needs to Articulate Better

HNN Staff
House Speaker John Boehner
House Speaker John Boehner

The House Republicans in Washington, D.C. may at first seemed destined to be the bad boys of American politics, cast into the public's ire for the current federal government shutdown, just as the Gingrich team was during the Clinton Administration. 

However, the Republicans actually have something on their side this time:  a significant majority of Americans share the Republicans' concerns over Obamacare now that they have heard more about the controversial law's details.   As we learn about Obamacare's effects on existing health insurance policies, many shudder.  

Then there are the malfunctions on the first day of registering for Obamacare, the huge number of doctors nationally who are considering an early retirement, many have given Obamacare a rethink--and would like to see it scrapped or at least like some changes to be made.

And let's not forget the serious and detrimental impact Obamacare is already having on job growth, as many small businesses decide not to hire over the magic number of fifty, which would require them to offer expensive health insurance.  Obamacare is becoming known as one of the main reasons we are becoming more of a part-time economy.

Yet for all this serious concern about Obamacare, Americans still don't like having a federal government shutdown.  And even if they are sympathetic towards Republicans' views on Obamacare, the public has a tendency to blame the Republicans when a government shutdown takes place.  So, what to do?

For starters, the Republicans need to respectfully spell out for the public just why they have chosen this moment to throw a monkey wrench in the works to thwart Obamacare.  To hear the Democrats and the mainstream media tell it, Republicans have stood fast and forced the federal government shutdown merely to be obstructionists.  

But Republicans like being re-elected, too.  So surely there is more to it than that.

There is--if the Republicans will learn how to articulate it.  If the Republican leaders would come out and tell the American people what some of them have already deduced, namely that this is the last chance to challenge Obamacare before it takes root forever, that might rally support to their side.  But they must cut through the clutter and make a clear appeal along these lines.

If the majority of Americans in both parties want to stop Obamacare or at least delay it, this really is their last chance.  The shutdown vehicle that the House Republicans have chosen may not be the sleekest model, but they can make a good case that it is the only one they had.

But they must make this case again and again, calmly, earnestly, and persuasively.


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