This presents Republicans with a political opening. But it is equally true that politics — the securing of a Senate majority and the presidency — is their only option to repeal and replace Obamacare. There are no shortcuts. The task will require a substantive critique, effective political strategy, democratic patience and market-oriented policy alternatives that deal with pre-existing conditions and cover more of the uninsured.
The task will not be accomplished by hyperbole, shallow analysis, political breath holding and extravagant, immediately disappointed pledges of repeal. And oh, by the way, it also doesn't help to dismiss millions of your fellow citizens — some in genuine need — as welfare state junkies.
Michael Gerson's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Why one Mormon man left Hollywood to be a...
- George F. Will: President Obama's epiphanies...
- Dan Liljenquist: Detroit is sending a message...
- My view: Non-discrimination laws have a problem
- Jay Evensen: Utah inversions — 100...
- Letter: American billionaires
- In our opinion: Refinery should be allowed to...
- In our opinion: No more 'Government Motors'
- In our opinion: Don't raise the minimum... 65
- My view: Fix Obamacare, don't replace it 63
- Robert Bennett: Create wealth before... 44
- Andrew Morriss: No, Congress should not... 39
- Can Mandela's legacy revive the GOP? 32
- In our opinion: No more 'Government... 32
- Letter: American billionaires 32
- President should not act without... 28