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On Obamacare Replacement, Don’t Treat Your Friends Like You Treat Your Enemies

Don’t treat your friends like you treat your enemies.

That’s one of the Rules of the Public Policy Process crafted by legendary Leadership Institute founder Morton Blackwell.

Conservatives understandably disappointed with component parts of the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement proposal, and I am one, should remember this rule.

You may disagree with House Speaker Paul Ryan as to what is the best offering the GOP can muster, which is fine, but Ryan is not an enemy inside the perimeter of the conservative movement.

Some argue Republicans should discard the filibuster and require only a simple majority vote so that a more market-oriented reform can be offered.

Ok. But many Republicans in the Senate beginning with the Majority Leader are reluctant to do that.

Some argue any concession that health care—and by extension, health insurance—is a right begetting an entitlement is unacceptable.

Ok. But I don’t hear critical conservative legislators lodging the same case in advance of a repeal and replacement of Medicare.

Some argue that the GOP should not be in a rush. They have time.

They don’t. The GOP needs to act quickly but not be hurried.

A proposal needs to be decisively presented, marketed and moved because it takes time to deliver impact.

A year from now, Republicans need to be in a position to make health care an election referendum question. The failure to deliver positive movement away from Obamacare would turn that question over to the Democrats.

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