The House of Representatives has notoriously voted 40 times to repeal Obamacare. This is yet another manifestation of a decades long conservative brain drain. Where the conservative movement used to highlight towering intellectuals (think William F. Buckley), today’s conservative movement consists of dentists who think the Earth was created in 4004 BCE, climate change is a conspiracy (a scientific conspiracy!), and that evolution is the work of the devil. Conservatives switched from bright incandescent bulbs to dim CF bulbs intellectually quite a while ago.
The best case supporting this contention is conservatives mad desire to repeal Obamacare. Consider the facts. Obamacare was designed by a conservative think tank. Obamacare emphasizes private insurance delivered by private insurance companies. Obamacare has a requirement that everyone be insured, just like if you want to drive your car, you must be licensed and insured, otherwise you pay a fine or go to jail if you get caught without.
The best thing that could happen to liberals like me is that conservatives would repeal it, because then the old abuses to the system would come roaring back, youths would be dropped from the parent’s policies, people who had pre-existing conditions (and who does not) would be dropped like a hot rock and that would create a wave of sentiment to give us liberals what we really wanted—government-based insurance, a single payer system, Medicare for all.
Conservatives best hopes to avoid a complete “government takeover of healthcare” is to make sure so many people are happy with the private system that they will brook no further change. If conservatives were smart, they would be embracing Obamacare and lauding its private nature and, insisting that it could be made better “for the people,” offering a few tweaks to be able to lay claim to some of the credit for it.
But conservatives traded in their intellectual wing in favor of Congressman Bubba who “don’t trust no in-tell-ec-tu-als” and there doesn’t seem to be sufficient intellectual horsepower left in the movement to see the writing on the wall or, if they can see it, to read it.