Overturning health care will not happen overnight. Even if the GOP is fortunate enough to win back a Congressional majority, there is a slim likelihood that they'll have enough votes to repeal the legislation. It will have to happen incrementally.
- File a Lawsuit Contesting the Individual Mandate
In order to fast-track a case to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court may have to rule on the constitutionality of forcing millions of American citizens to purchase a product or service simply as a consequence for being alive. While many legal pundits question whether such a suit would be enough to overturn ObamaCare, the outcome would be beside the point. Simply allowing the public to view the very reasonable argument against one of the most heinous aspects of ObamaCare would be a victory in itself.
- Take advantage of the Reconciliation Bill
While Democrats claim the reconciliation bill is really just a house-keeping measure, conservative Republicans are not so sure. The reconciliation package includes a number of new taxes and earmarks, even as it "cleans up" and eliminates others. Republicans should focus on amending the bill, and trying to undo some of the damage being done to the middle class in the newly enacted law. Plus, if they're fortunate enough to have an amendment attached, the bill would have to go back to the House for approval, thus keeping the worst parts of the law at bay a little while longer.
- Offer Viable Alternatives
It's one thing to discuss the pitfalls of ObamaCare, but quite another to offer fresh, innovative and, above all, doable ideas. In the days and weeks following the final passage of the reconciliation bill, Republican lawmakers are going to have to make their case to the American people about what aspects of the legislation should be reversed or stricken and what they will do to fix it. Just because ObamaCare is the law of the land, doesn't mean it can't be improved. One big fix -- and an easy one to take to the American public -- is the language allowing federally-funded abortions.
- Win in November
While it's easier said than done, Republicans have momentum on their side. If they're going to fix ObamaCare, they'll need to make a strong showing in the Nov. 2 general election, because it is doubtful Democrats are going to be very cooperative. Running a vigorous issue-oriented campaign will be vital to ousting Democrats and regaining control of Congress. Unless the Supreme Court surprises everyone, conservatives can't even think about making changes to the new health care laws until they develop a stronger legislative voice in Washington.
- Overturn ObamaCare Piece by Piece
One of the worst parts of the ObamaCare legislation was the way it was forced down the throats of Americans. Now that it is law, Republicans would do well to learn from the procedural mistakes of the Democrats. The wholesale takeover of the health care system cannot be undone all at once, nor can it be done behind closed-doors. Congress will have to address the most invasive parts of the law first, then work its way down to through more expensive aspects of it. Steady changes made with full disclosure might go a long way to restoring America's faith in its government.