Boehner Folds: ‘Obamacare is the Law of the Land’

Posted on November 12, 2012 by

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The votes aren’t even done being counted, but House Speaker John Boehner has already thrown conservatives under the bus, declaring that he will no longer attempt to repeal Obamacare:


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With control of congress and the purse strings, Boehner could lead the fight to simply defund and starve the beast.   But no, he insists on being the enabler who wags a finger at the president’s power grabs and spending addiction, but caves and gives him the money for his next fix, anyway.

Daniel Horowitz at Red State responds to Boehner’s admonition that Obamacare is now “the law of the land”:

No, Mr. Boehner, the Constitution is the law of the Republic.

In April 2011, following the failure of Republicans to defund Obamacare during the first budget battle, I wrote the following at Red State:

If it is reckless to shut down the government over Obamacare, then there is nothing in the budget worth fighting for.  Due to the degree of entrenchment of the existing entitlement, even Paul Ryan’s plan will not balance the budget for another 26 years.  If Obamacare is not defunded within the next year, it will be virtually impossible to completely repeal and will make a balanced budget an impossibility.

Well, they said all along that we’d wait until 2012. They were sure we’d win the election.  Ironically, by running away from the Obamacare issue, they ensured that we would not win the election.  Now that they lost, they say tough luck on Obamacare.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking: “if we create gridlock over Obamacare, we will…..”  We will what?  We will risk political reprisal?  Then what are we fighting for in the first place?  If we are unwilling to fight the implementation of a 4th entitlement program, how will we ever have the moxie to fix the existing ones?

[…]  This is it, folks.  If we are unwilling to engage in a fight to the death of Obamacare, there is nothing worth fighting for.  And frankly, there will be nothing to fight for.

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Ed Morrissey at Hot Air thinks Boehner is simply being pragmatic:

This isn’t a tactical decision.  It’s reality.  The ACA is not a static law; most of its provisions will go into effect in the next two years, and after that repeal will be immensely difficult, thanks to its transformational nature in relation to the insurance and health-provider industries.  It’s going to be too late to “pull this weed up by its roots” by 2017, the next possible spot on the calendar to do so.  By then, we will have to offer a second round of transformation that starts in the context of ObamaCare., and hope we have a Republican President and Republican majorities to even get that process under way.

We had only two ways to stop ObamaCare.  Either we needed a new President with Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, or veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of Congress.  Voters didn’t provide John Boehner with either option.  When we say that elections have consequences, this is exactly what we mean.

Mark Levin has it right:

“He’s not a conservative.  He blurts out platitudes but he doesn’t give a damn.  He’s ready to deal…Obama hasn’t said a damn thing publicly and already Boehner’s negotiating with himself – throwing out one principle after another.”

[…]  Levin suggested the Obama circle is laughing at Boehner.  Speaking as an Obama adviser, Levin said, “Look at Boehner, he’s wetting himself.  We’re waiting for him to cry, to get on his knees and beg for a deal.  He’s going to sell out his party; he’s going to sell out his principles.”  “They are in complete surrender mode.”

“This party better change, or I’m getting out,” Levin stated.

Boehner also declared that “we don’t have a Tea Party Caucus,” and said that he’s willing to consider new “revenue” (read: tax hikes) under “the right conditions.”

Hey Boehner, don’t you at least wanna haggle for a higher price before you bend over?   It’s time for a speaker with a spine!

“Speaker Paul Ryan” has a nice ring to it.   Ryan has the backbone to stand up against Obama on his out-of-control spending spree, unlike Boehner, who’s already offering to compromise.

Cross posted at ThoughtsFromAConservativeMom.com

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