COMMENTARY | Politico is reporting that the Democrats have hit upon a new strategy concerning the Obamacare debacle. Having proven unable to defend the indefensible, the Democrats have decided to go on the attack.
The theory is that while most Americans hate the health care law and wish it had never been passed, they have grown weary over the controversy and wish to just move on. Democrats will run on the idea of “fixing” the law rather than repealing it, though that may be a fine distinction that makes little difference. And, of course, Republicans will be painted as wanting to starve children and kill old people and being in the pay of Big Insurance.
Democrats are counting on enough low information voters to believe two things.
First, that while Obamacare was sold by a pack of lies and a campaign of political double dealing and is now an unmitigated disaster, the same people who perpetrated the law, which has destroyed millions of health insurance policies and has placed thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of people at risk as they lose their doctors, will be able to fix it.
Second, the very people who warned about the horrible effects of the law, who have alternatives, cannot be trusted to be allowed anywhere near health care reform.
Will the strategy work? Democrats will note that their guy, the most unqualified American president in living memory, was elected and reelected, the first time against a war hero, the second against a captain of industry with undoubted skill in economic management. Their hope that they can fool enough people to save the Senate may be a forlorn one, but it is still based on some experience.
The Republicans can counter this strategy very easily by presenting their own ideas for what a health care system should be, based on free market principles and actual science that encourages competition and innovation. It is not as if the Democrats have any ideas for “fixing” Obamacare aside from delaying some of its more onerous provisions past the next election.