Kathleen Sebelius will be up close and personal with our health care thanks to a multitude of "the secretary shall" clauses in the Obamacare legislation:
Poor Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: so many mandates, restrictions and penalties to impose on Americans, so little time.
When Democrats jammed Obamacare down Americans’ throats, they decided to punt a lot of the important decisions, letting the HHS secretary do their dirty work.
A quick search of the Obamacare legislation reveals that the word “secretary” appears nearly 3,000 times in the 2,700-page legislation. And the vast majority of those references are to the secretary of HHS.
Over and over again we see: “the Secretary shall establish,” “the Secretary shall promulgate regulations,” “the Secretary shall develop standards,” “the Secretary shall periodically review,” “as the Secretary deems are important,” “the Secretary may develop and impose appropriate penalties,” “the Secretary may adjust the rates,” “if the Secretary determines necessary”; and “the Secretary has the authority.”
Over and over again every time "the secretary shall" do something we shall lose something. Money, control, our doctors, our insurance. What a disaster. The worst is yet to come, unless we can get the whole thing repealed.
Every single Republican must pledge to vote for repeal, year in and year out. And like the Democrats in passing it; by any means necessary. If it takes using reconciliation, DemonPass, etc. it would be repealed. Simple and short. No attempts to fix it, reform it, improve it or some other milquetoast language. Let the left-wing activists calling themselves journalists in the establishment media call it an unconscionable “litmus test” showing the GOP’s supposed “extremism”, lack of “tolerance” or “inclusiveness” or some other stupidity. Let them scream that it is hypocritical to use the same tactics they supported when they were being used by the other side.
Luckily (or unluckily) 2006 and 2008 purged the GOP of the compromise caucus (Johnson, Leach, Chaffee, etc.) that would have made this vote “bipartisan”, yet somehow, the GOP is winning Independents over at 2:1 rates in swing districts all over the contrary. According to another bit of Beltway conventional (un)wisdom, this was also supposed to be impossible.
So there should be no tolerance for any Republican, even if he or she has a 100% ACU career rating, who equivocates or attempts to sit on the fence with a finger in the air - all (Ayotte, Norton, Castle, etc.) must come out full-fledged for repeal. We need to make it clear to Michael Steele or whoever it is at the RNC that no Republican who is in any way conflicted about whether this should be repealed should receive a cent of GOP donor money.
A party must have some room for compromise, but even more importantly, there must be some principle that is inviolate and not subject to any deal-making. This is it.