Media have Republicans shell-shocked after what media sharks did to Ted Cruz when he correctly stood tall in the Senate and called for the repeal of Obamacare. Cruz should be hailed as a hero in the Republican Party, but he's not. Most Republicans saw how Cruz was attacked when he stood up, so they are mostly sitting and taking weak potshots at the Obamacare rollout failures, which is like shooting fish in a barrell. If Republicans had joined Cruz in articulating why Obamacare is bad law and anathema to a Constitutional Republic which values limited government and economy freedom, they could've attacked the Democratic Party narrative that can still win the day if the website starts working.
Republican centrists advised the GOP to wait and let Obamacare implode, but that's a coward's strategy, or the cynical strategy of those who won't fight to uphold principles. If Obama and the Democrats do as they say they're going to do, promote the helping, compassionate aspects of Obamacare from now until the first of the year, and if Republicans fail to articulate a greater vision of free market processes and how healthcare should operate in an environment of open competition, without the irrational interventions of government regulations preventing innovative solutions and free choice, then Democrats will convince enough low information voters to emotionally vote for them again in 2014, and Republicans can then forget about it.
Democrats are going to continue lying about the overall benefits of Obamacare and hide all the consequences, so Republicans have to counter this propaganda with explanations of how markets work and how the market can provide affordable healthcare for the great majority of consumers. The market will respond to what consumers want. What's a problem for Republicans is finding enough spokespeople who can articulate free market mechanisms and principles, and, also, Republicans who can address the poor and uninsured. Democrats will continue to ask the GOP what's their plan for the poor uninsured.
This is where Republicans will likely lose the argument, because none of them have been able to effectively present a vision of private sector assistance capable of meeting the challenge. There's enough money in our economy so that if government lowered taxes and allowed the private sector to develope solutions for people without healthcare access, the response would be sufficient to the challenge. It's really the only way to resolve this social problem without creating severe financial problems for the nation. If we as a society want to help those who can't help themselves, or those in emergency situations, then we'll have to do it in the private sector. If it can be done half-assed by government, then it can be done effectively in the private sector. I have no doubt that Americans would respond to the challenge if they're allowed to keep more of their money. Myriad fund-raising sources would develope with clever marketing efforts to keep streams of funding pouring in to help the needy. We can do it as a people.
But, even if Americans insisted that government provide assistance to poor people for healthcare, Obamacare is not the way to go about it. If Americans insist on a statist solution then let the government come up with a solution to healthcare for the poor, and leave the rest of us alone. Let the free market deal with healthcare, and let government deal with providing healthcare services to the poor. Once taxes go up to about 60 or 70 percent, Americans will likely reconsider and agree to take on the responsibility in the private sector. But Republicans should be discussing these ideas and raising the debate higher and beyond glitches on a website or increased premiums and deductibles. We need fundamental solutions, and this doesn't mean giving Obama a few ideas regarding tweaks to the system -- it's either Obamacare or the free market -- there's no middle, compromised way.