Conservatives have now seized upon Obamacare's success and have declared that they will destroy it or die trying, with Bill Kristol
carrying the flag into battle waving the flag from a good distance away while directing others to fight for him.
No, Mr. President. No way, Mr. President. We do not accept, we do not acquiesce in, this deplorable piece of legislation. The debate is not over. The debate will continue. It must continue. What is at stake is sound health care policy for America. But what is also at stake is reversing your attempt, Mr. President, to transform a free country committed to limited government into merely another nation burdened with the worst aspects of big-government nanny-statism.
Mr. President, you have been elected our 44th president. We of course accept that, and we understand that you will continue to fight for your legislation and threaten to veto attempts to repeal and replace it. But we do not accept that you get to decide that the debate is over. We do not accept that you acquire any moral authority by claiming to enlist "history" on your side. We do not accept that your attempt to expand welfare state at the expense of individual liberty and the rule of law is true "progress."
President Obama, you might wish the debate were over. You might think you can intimidate us into conceding the debate is over. But you are wrong. The Republican party stands committed, acting through democratic means and as the agent of a self-governing people, to repealing and replacing Obamacare.
And so the next glorious, fever-bright war has been ordained and as Steve M. pointed out yesterday, will be the latest red meat rallying cry for the right as long as the law exists. Meanwhile, here in Kentucky...
Propelled by a flurry of last-minute sign-ups, more than 370,000 Kentuckians are now enrolled in Obamacare, pleasing state officials who had pushed hard to get Kentuckians covered by private insurance or Medicaid before Tuesday's midnight enrollment deadline.
More than 1 out of every 12 Kentuckians — or 8.6 percent of the state's population — now has health insurance through kynect, the state's health-exchange set up to offer Obamacare coverage.
"We are thrilled with the level of interest and enrollment that we've seen," kynect's executive director, Carrie Banahan, said in a statement.
And so these 1 in 12 Kentuckians will just have to be casualties in Kristol's war. Some 75% of those who signed up for KyNect here were previously uninsured, meaning that Kentucky cut the number of uninsured people in the state by almost half.
Too bad under a GOP Senate and President they;ll have to be uninsured again, but there are those who have to sacrifice in order to win Bloody Bill''s wars.
They just won't be made by Bill Kristol.