The Affordable Care Act will not implode on its own, as some have predicted, and Republicans must go on a renewed mission to derail it, says Andrew McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.
"It's preposterous to think that this is going to collapse with its own weight," McCarthy told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"There'll be proposals to tweak it here and tweak it there, but we will be saddled with this thing forever . . . The American people are getting killed on this thing, and if there's anything they can do to derail it, they're obliged to derail it," he said Monday.
GOP lawmakers should start by revisiting their strident opposition to the efforts of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah to pull the plug on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.
"To the extent that Lee and Cruz can be faulted for adopting a strategy that didn't have a real good chance to work, the one thing they banked on was Republican unity," McCarthy said.
He thinks the Obama administration has routinely caved to pressure on unpopular social issues, and would on the Affordable Care Act with sufficient pressure.
"You cannot tell me looking at the historical record of the Obama administration that these guys won't change their minds and they won't be moved by politician pressure. They did it on that, they've done it on Gitmo, they did it on Bush tax cuts," he said.
"I've pointed out that Obama himself has defunded Obamacare in essence by these waivers that he's given out. Obama has delayed Obamacare, and now after weeks of telling us it was irrational to seek things like a delay, we now have Democrats calling for a delay of Obamacare."
McCarthy thinks the Republican establishment is too comfortable with government handouts.
"Basically, the Republican establishment, and I don't mean to say all Republicans, and certainly not conservative Republicans, but the Republican establishment is fine with the welfare state," he said.
"They want to argue about how big it should be. They particularly think that they have more credibility trying to run it in a fiscally responsible manner than the Democrats do."
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