Assigned Reading: Obama Open to Partisan Vote on Health Care Reform
If there were ever a time for constructive obstructionism, this is it. The Republicans can fight the Democrats all they want on Obama-health care reform, but it the end the majority can push it through without any Republican input whatsoever.
In keeping with the Doctrine of Constructive Obstructionism, the GOP must provide, extensively promote and unify behind an alternative, and make it known to each and every Democrat that the support of themselves and their party means complete and total ownership of the failure of the American health care system. Unfortunately, unlike with regard to other issues which could eventually be dialed back with some effort, such as cap-and-trade, once we thrust headlong into the gargantuan entitlement program that is nationalized healthcare, there is never going back; therefore, rather than wait to point out the Democrats’ failure after the legislation has been forced through, the GOP must use a stance of constructive obstructionism to prevent, ahead of time, support for health care reform among some Democrats who understandably would not want to hang their futures on such radical reform.
By presenting a unilateral front and making the world know that their Democratic Party counterparts are completely responsible for the legislation, I believe enough Blue Dog Democrats will be too apprehensive to comply with orders from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the White House.