Like many, I've been saddened at the GOP's failure to overturn the Health Insurance Deform Act, a.k.a. "Obamacare" and sometimes falsely called the "Affordable Care Act." But that said, I'm willing to cut the GOP some slack, because like any genius political vandal, President Obama and his minions put a ton of poison pills in there to make it difficult to repeal, from preexisting conditions clause bans to subsidies for those most likely to vote--older people.
And as such, and especially with the media firmly in the hands of the left, maybe it's time to take a look at MacArthur and Halsey's strategy of "island hopping." Capture weakly defended islands with land for an airstrip while skipping the strongholds, put the Imperial Navy on the ocean floor and use land-based bombers to go to the next island and neutralize the strongholds.
How would this work versus HIDA? Simple; you go for the provisions that are most unpopular and build a popular consensus that these are not just "not conservative", but that they are wrong and sinful. Why, for example, should young, poor people be subsidizing those who are older, even if they're quite prosperous? Why should nuns be subsidizing birth control for other people? Why should self-paid healthcare costs be taxed differently than employer-paid?
Win some of those battles, and the rest of Obamacare starts to totter on its own. So maybe, just maybe, it's time to look seriously at Tulagi and Guadalcanal.
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