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November 13, 2013 5:16 PM OMG! Obamacare Lite!

By Ed Kilgore

The most amusing missive of the day, as is often the case, is from RedState’s Erick Erickson, who is encouraging his troops to oppose the Upton “Keep Your Insurance” Bill because it would inevitably lead to a terrible, terrible result:

Senator Mary Landrieu has written legislation in the United States Senate that the Democrats love. It mandates insurance companies have to keep people on their present insurance. The GOP is supposedly against mandates and against government forcing private businesses and individuals into contracts they don’t want.
Here’s what is going to happen.
The House, with the help of a good number of Democrats, will pass the Upton plan and send it to the Senate. Harry Reid will substitute the Landrieu plan and send it back to the House. The House will be forced to either vote for the Landrieu plan or be characterized as siding with insurance companies against people.
In one fell swoop, the Democrats will have the GOP on record saving Mary Landrieu’s re-election in Louisiana by casting her as the one who saved Americans’ health care plans, and also getting on record as really being in favor of fixing Obamacare with the use of mandates.
In truth, Obamacare is not fixable. The only solution is to fully repeal it. The Republicans should not be helping Democrats with their re-election plans, which is all the are doing with Upton/Landrieu.
The GOP is walking right into the trap.

I don’t know what’s funnier: Erick’s ideological obsession with avoiding any interference with insurance company prerogatives, or his focus on a single 2014 Senate race when Republicans think they’ve got the whole Democratic Party not the run. But I sure hope House Republicans take his advice and drop Upton’s bill altogether.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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