Sell the Individual-Mandate Delay
The defeat of Senator Ted Cruz’s defunding strategy may not be the end of the fight to overturn Obamacare. In some sense, for free-market conservatives who want consumer choice and private-sector competition, this whole debate is about good versus evil. It’s a point that the brave and courageous Cruz grasps all too well. If Obamacare becomes permanent, it will crowd out the private health-care sector, including insurers and providers, and over time will create a single-payer, government-statist health-care sector.
Stopping this will be hard. But Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat from West Virginia, has given conservatives a ray of hope. Manchin is prepared to vote for a one-year delay of the individual mandate, the very heart of Obamacare. That means the GOP would need only four more votes to get that delay. Maybe red-state Democratic senators like Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), Mark Begich (Alaska), Kay Hagan (North Carolina), and Mark Pryor (Arkansas) will join 46 Republicans and vote for delay.
Read my full column here.