GOP's response if Obama delays the ACA individual mandate

Lee Cary
What will the GOP leadership do if Obama calls for a one year delay in the ACA individual mandate?

Suppose the software programming wizards at CGI Federal are not able to fundamentally transform their Frankenstein-like monster into an integrated seamless system where multiple independently developed software applications are stitched together like sundry body parts gathered from several crony capitalism graveyards.

What happens, then, if the ACA website continues to channel Dr. Frankenstein's monster? "My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them."

First, isn't it likely that Democrat senators up for re-election in 2014 will be joined by outspoken Democrat members of the House in an effort to pressure President Obama into postponing the individual mandate portion of ACA? 

Democrats would like nothing more than to take Obamacare off the table as a red hot campaign issue in the run-up to the November 2014 elections.  Its potential toxicity is an existential threat to their political careers.

If the monster continues struggling to sit-up, stand-up and walk deep into December, the cumulative pressure on the President from members of his own party could find outspoken Democrats angrily parroting Senators Cruz and Lee's call for a postponement in the individual mandate -- until after the November '14 elections.  

But they probably won't be called names like "terrorists" by Harry Reid.

Meanwhile, factor this into the possible equation: The next episode in the continuing saga of the "Debt Ceiling Deadline Crisis" is set to run January 15, 2014 -- in about two months. 

Imagine that the ACA website by mid-December is still rigidly stumbling forward as the villagers continue to scream. Frankenstein's monster said, "I remembered Adam's supplication to his Creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him." At some point, it'll be prudent for Obamacare's creator to temporarily abandon his namesake.

When that happens, watch for the G.O.P. leadership to herald an opportunity for magnanimous bipartisan cooperation as they graciously acquiescent to a one-year postponement for Secretary Sebelius' geek squads to perform major surgery on the ACA in exchange for some nominal, inconsequential, transitory Democrat concession attached to the debt ceiling...solution.

Why this possible outcome? Because, should all this evolve, do we really expect Boehner and McConnell to stand firm and say, "No deal. This is your monster, Mister President. Plus, it's the 'law of the land.' So let him walk on, and let all the villagers see where he goes." 

 

What will the GOP leadership do if Obama calls for a one year delay in the ACA individual mandate?

Suppose the software programming wizards at CGI Federal are not able to fundamentally transform their Frankenstein-like monster into an integrated seamless system where multiple independently developed software applications are stitched together like sundry body parts gathered from several crony capitalism graveyards.

What happens, then, if the ACA website continues to channel Dr. Frankenstein's monster? "My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them."

First, isn't it likely that Democrat senators up for re-election in 2014 will be joined by outspoken Democrat members of the House in an effort to pressure President Obama into postponing the individual mandate portion of ACA? 

Democrats would like nothing more than to take Obamacare off the table as a red hot campaign issue in the run-up to the November 2014 elections.  Its potential toxicity is an existential threat to their political careers.

If the monster continues struggling to sit-up, stand-up and walk deep into December, the cumulative pressure on the President from members of his own party could find outspoken Democrats angrily parroting Senators Cruz and Lee's call for a postponement in the individual mandate -- until after the November '14 elections.  

But they probably won't be called names like "terrorists" by Harry Reid.

Meanwhile, factor this into the possible equation: The next episode in the continuing saga of the "Debt Ceiling Deadline Crisis" is set to run January 15, 2014 -- in about two months. 

Imagine that the ACA website by mid-December is still rigidly stumbling forward as the villagers continue to scream. Frankenstein's monster said, "I remembered Adam's supplication to his Creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him." At some point, it'll be prudent for Obamacare's creator to temporarily abandon his namesake.

When that happens, watch for the G.O.P. leadership to herald an opportunity for magnanimous bipartisan cooperation as they graciously acquiescent to a one-year postponement for Secretary Sebelius' geek squads to perform major surgery on the ACA in exchange for some nominal, inconsequential, transitory Democrat concession attached to the debt ceiling...solution.

Why this possible outcome? Because, should all this evolve, do we really expect Boehner and McConnell to stand firm and say, "No deal. This is your monster, Mister President. Plus, it's the 'law of the land.' So let him walk on, and let all the villagers see where he goes."