Poe I agree with that, and that brings up something else I wanted to discuss- what is the way forward for the GOP here?
It seems to me that we got two options. One is, we could just fix Obamacare before the Dems win back power again. Fixing it wouldn't be hard, you would just have to increase the penalty so that it's more expensive than buying insurance, and then the mandate would start working. Of course, this would not be popular at all and there would be a huge price to pay, but it's pretty much the only thing that will keep some semblance of a private insurance market existing, if that's what we want.
There is another option. It may sound a bit crazy, but hear me out here. The Republicans could be the ones to pass universal health care. Beat the Dems to it before they get back in office. Call it something like "Medicare for all" or whatever, since people generally like Medicare and it doesn't have the stigma attached to it that Obamacare has.
Pass it with a grand compromise bill- along with Medicare for all, a strengthening of immigration laws. Harder caps, more restrictions on visas (maybe ending some programs like H1B altogether), massive deportations, funding the wall, etc. Just think about how easy it would be to sell this issue. Dems would be stuck between a rock and a hard place- if they don't vote for it, then they're saying they don't want universal coverage (cue the ads showing granny dying etc). And if they say they can't vote for the immigration provisions, well that sells itself- Republicans can go on and on all day about how Dems are insisting we provide health care coverage to illegals instead of good old middle-American law abiding salt of the earth folk. The GOP could conceivably lock up the Midwest for a generation if they did this.
It's something to think about. Who loses? Well the insurance companies. But who cares? I guess free-marketers and the Ayn Randian types would lose too, but consider this. There's a real risk that if we don't do it, the Dems will when they're back in power, and they'll push for amnesty too. It seems to me that if we can win one out of two here, we go ahead and take the medicine, no matter how bad it will taste. At least this way we get a chance to control what it looks like. I think a lot of Republicans could be sold on this idea if it was explicitly coupled with deportations. All you have to say is- hey, if we don't do it this way now, the Dems are gonna create a universal health care system along with open borders and anyone can just come here and leech off our benefits. The votes will be there.