September 16, 2013 by David K. Sutton
Delusional Conservatives Believe The President Will Cave On Obamacare
How do you define delusion?
Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted over 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). And if their actions did not already fit the definition of insanity, they are quickly approaching textbook delusion.
Conservatives: Obama will blink – The Hill’s On The Money: “At least 43 conservatives want the GOP leadership to go for broke, asserting that Obama has been damaged by stumbles over Syria and by several delays in implementing the Affordable Care Act.”
Conservatives really do live in their own world, constructed out of gut reactions and warm fuzzies, along with a healthy dose of over-the-top hate mongering. These Republicans cite their recent town hall experiences where their conservative constituents were frothing at the mouth in their rage against Obamacare.
[M]embers from deeply conservative districts say there is increasing pressure to take a stand. Many returned to Washington after the five-week recess telling tales of outrage over ObamaCare among constituents, and believing that the public will side with them if they force a confrontation.
“ObamaCare: You mention that and it’s like lightning,” Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) said.
It’s “like lightning” because this outrage is something Republican “leaders” have manufactured and sold to their constituents. Do Republicans really think these people know anything at all about the Affordable Care Act? Do they really think this opposition is based in sound thinking and logical assessment? Of course not. They are catering to the lowest common denominator.
Conservatives must be smoking something if they think President Obama will sign a bill defunding and/or repealing his signature legislative achievement. The Affordable Care Act, even before it’s passing, usually did not poll well. It’s rarely achieved majority approval, depending on when and how the question is asked. Democrats and the president have banked on the idea that people will see the benefits of Obamacare once fully implemented. And even if they don’t, at least they will realize all the horrible predictions were nothing more than partisan hyperbole.
So what makes conservatives think the president is going to back down before the ACA is fully implemented? He has no reason to. Even if some Democrats buckled under the pressure, President Obama isn’t running for office again. If conservatives think Obama is weak now, where would the president be if his health care law was repealed? That would hardly be a position of strength. Hence, conservatives are delusional.