Andrew McCarthy: GOP Must Try to 'Derail' Obamacare

Monday, 04 Nov 2013 05:37 PM

By Newsmax Wires

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
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.

Story continues below video.



"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."




© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ron Paul: Obama Made a 'Very Good' Move on Cuba

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 15:12 PM

Libertarian icon Ron Paul, in an appearance Thursday on Newsmax TV, applauded President Barack Obama's move to re-establ . . .

Newsmax Rome Reporter: Vatican Did 'Groundwork' for Cuba Deal

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 14:29 PM

Pope Francis and the Vatican have played a "significant" role in brokering the deal that normalized relations between th . . .

Ron Paul: Shutting Down Government Can Be a Good Thing

Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 13:56 PM

As Congress worked through the weekend to pass the "cromnibus" spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, former Texa . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved