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Senate Republicans Should Stop Making the Perfect the Enemy of the Good

By  |  July 6, 2017, 05:00am  |  @ewerickson


Whenever conservatives oppose an establishment Republican measure, the establishment always replies that conservatives are making the perfect the enemy of the good. But now the GOP establishment is doing that. Instead, they should stand with President Trump and do the right thing — repeal Obamacare now, effective January 1, 2018, and spend August working on a replacement.

The Senate GOP is bogged down on a variety of competing proposals for their Obamacare replacement, none of which actually repeal Obamacare. Repealing Obamacare was their core promise. In being bogged down in the details, the odds are the GOP will not actually do anything.

The easiest, most logical solution would be to repeal Obamacare now. Then the GOP can work out a new plan through the next few months. They will have a ticking clock to January, which will necessitate action. They will be able to bring Democrats to the table and, should the Democrats refuse, blast them for their unwillingness to finally do what Barack Obama would not do — come up with a bipartisan solution.

Likewise, repealing Obamacare would excite and energize the GOP base. The party leaders have promised repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and their present plan does not do that. Frankly, the GOP could repeal Obamacare tomorrow and put it back in place on Monday and most of the base would seal clap that they kept their promise. Heck, the GOP could create a Singaporian or Swiss style healthcare regime and it would still be more free market than their present proposal.

This ongoing desire to get the perfect repeal plan is preventing the GOP from doing anything else. There is no wall. There is no tax reform. There is nothing to advance President Trump’s agenda.

The President is right. The GOP should repeal now and replace later. They should stop making the perfect the enemy of the good.