There is no saving the sinking ship but we could have a nice set up in early 2015. It will be a nice confirmation or display of who has power in America. Obamacare has been an atrocious failure. Even the NY Times cannot hide it. Enrollment was weak, costs have skyrocketed, companies have cut employee hours or laid off employees to avoid regulations and on an anecdotal basis, has anyone you know seen a positive outcome? President Obama himself is in a weak position. His numbers are bad, and that is with the black bedrock of support. Say the GOP manages to get 51 Senators come January. Holding onto the House is a conceded point by the Democrats with their election spending moves. How the GOP approaches Obamacare come January can reveal more about how things operate and who is in charge than any post-election editorial.
1. "It's the law." - The GOP concedes that the Roberts court said it is constitutional, so therefore can't touch it.
2. Scalpel Approach - The GOP slices and dices at some spots while making changes here and there.
3. Full Repeal - Full repeal passed and waiting for Obama's signature.
Approach one will show what a paper opposition the GOP is, and considering their grandstanding over spending after they won the 2010 Tea Party wave election, it is highly probable. Approach two would reveal the bipartisan ruling class, corporate interest nature of our political leadership. They will chuck out some taxes that will hurt our overall federal funding levels, keep those corporate backstops and throw in some stuff for the little guy. Approach three is where things could get fun.
Obamacare support hovers in the mid-30s, with opposition or displeasure around 50% and the remainder do not know because they are idiots or speak a language the polling group did not have translators for. The GOP has fundraised and campaigned against Obamacare for a few years now. The media has even reported on the different problems of Obamacare for multiple years. The media releasing premium increase numbers since the implementation would be useful propaganda. I am willing to bet GOP leadership could make some verbal sweetheart deals with insurance companies about premium reductions in the event of full repeal. Insurance companies could even leak their premium reduction projections in the event of full repeal. This would be another Roe v. Wade, but not quite, if they fail to follow through when they would have the power. There would be immense pressure on the GOP leadership to do this. If they chickened out, forget it, they'd lose whatever remaining credibility they have with their battered spouse base (that base being the last gasp of people with any sense of the old republic).
There is another way approach three becomes interesting. We will be entering, sadly, the two year period where presidential hopefuls will be sizing up their chances. There may be a GOP executive or three that will see the idea of full repeal as a part of their plank for a presidential run. This would be useful to state governors looking to come into DC and "clean up", cleaning up here would be scrapping the terrible Obamacare swamp. There is another person who may favor a full repeal, or push for a tinkering, Hillary Clinton. Clinton has already had the knives out for Obama since coming back from her concussion, stroke or whatever sidelined her for six months. She sure as well will throw Obamacare under the bus, because she has Hillarycare all set up to take it's place. The media will support that as well, because it will probably go the extra mile in government intervention. Other Democrats could silently support it because suddenly there is a propaganda, fundraising and GOTV sound byte of "they took away your health care".
The last thing that makes approach three is marvelous to consider is the man himself. Imagine for a moment, all of these pieces fall into place: GOP gets 51 seats in Senate + retains the House, insurance premiums spike further and higher premium payroll deductions start hitting in January, three or more GOP guys start calling for repeal while doing the talk TV rounds, even Hillary sticks a knife in there, the Washington Post even calls for changes and the repeal bill goes through since the filibuster rules were nuked. It sits on Obama's desk. Does he sign it? It would be a wild finish for his time in the Oval Office. His story arc is already wonderful for the Nobel Peace Prize and "I ended the war", but then he started new wars and drones Muslims non-stop. Let's go after fat cats, but the cats are even fatter. Let's improve US prestige worldwide and use smart diplomacy, but things keep sinking globally for the USG. This is it. This is the one thing he has. This is his legacy. There is only one way a narcissus like Obama signs this. The only thing he can hang his hat on would be wiped away. How poetic though if he did? Considering the eight years of addressing no real problems or making any hard choices, the one big change would be wiped clean. It would be as if his presidency was completely meaningless (shhh, maybe the rubes will catch on). The only way he signs it is if the New York Times and the mandarins behind Obama who will shift to being behind Hillary have the back up Hillarycare plan in place and feel extremely confident about 2016. They could spin it as a magnanimous move by such a wise and older Obama.
"This is unprecedented. There are those who would say I would never repeal this. Let me be clear. I would never put my legacy above that of the American people..."