Krauthammer: Defunding ObamaCare is a bad idea

Krauthammer says that it could be too damaging politically for Republicans to defund ObamaCare because it would give Democrats an argument to say that the reason it isn’t working to well is because Republicans are killing it. But Steve Hayes says that it’s a must to defund ObamaCare because if Republicans don’t then they may not be able to strip it out in 2013:

It’s an interesting dilemma, but I’m going to side with Hayes on this because like him I believe we have to keep this from getting so entrenched that we can’t undo it. But we must anticipate Krauthammer’s scenario and get our messaging right along the way. We do have a presidential election on the horizon so that may help a lot.


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  • Since B.O. gave him a compliment,Krauthammer is leaning on his side.Is he flipflopping?

    • Nelson_greta

      I find myself disagreeing OFTEN with Krauthammer.

      • He has become the opposition and wrong nearly every time he speaks

  • No dice. Next he’ll be saying it’s too damaging to repeal it. It’s a slippery slope into submission.

  • Anonymous

    Husseincare MUST be defunded and repealed asap.

  • Another time I have to say… SHUT UP Charles.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with you. As I listened to CK talk I kept thinking that, yeah, hold hearings ABOUT WHY IT SHOULD NOT BE FUNDED. Just as a practical matter, hearings should have a purpose. So make that purpose the defunding of it. Structure each set of hearings over one aspect of the bill, starting with the highest price tag. They should be able to come up with some format that will at least present a reasonable explanation for why the funding will be withheld. We all know it’ll be a dog and pony show because the media will skewer it in favor of the bill, but we all also know they can’t do anything other than defund it until 2013 anyway.

      Charles is right that the Republicans will get blamed for Obamacare not working, but they’re going to get the blame for everything no matter what they do. So do the right thing.

  • Anonymous

    Anything Pelosi and Reid have been involved has to be reversed.

  • Anonymous

    How could the Republicans shine the light on Obamacare, showing the negative impacts of it as parts come up, and then vote to fund them? They were elected in a teanami to do everything they could to stop the Obama trainwreck, not look good politically.

    • ~”They were elected in a teanami to do everything they could to stop the Obama trainwreck, not look good politically.”~

      That was, in a word… “B O O M!!!”

      …dead on.

      CM Sackett

  • Goldni007

    Charles is too worried about the political ramifications of the House defunding CommieCare. This is his and Rove’s achilles heel. They are Washington DC pundits that are too savvy for their own good. I’m with Steve Hayes (whom I really like). WE MUST DEFUND OBAMACARE NOW! Attack it from every angle. According to Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor, they will begin as soon as they swear in. Ryan even said (i’m paraphrasing) get ready for a media firestorm the next two months. The media will be bitching and moaning about the sorry no good Republicans “cutting everything”.

  • Davidkiser21

    One day he has something very insightful to say and then the next he makes a moron statement like this.

    • Nelson_greta


    • las

      David… I agree… kinda like listening to Carl Rove. One day I think, this guy’s not so bad… he makes a lota sense… then the next day… BAM! Cuts your heart out and throws it against the wall. Sheesh!

    • las

      David… I agree… kinda like listening to Carl Rove. One day I think, this guy’s not so bad… he makes a lota sense… then the next day… BAM! Cuts your heart out and throws it against the wall. Sheesh!

  • Poptoy1949

    Mr. K. gives a reasonable argument however Steve Hayes is correct. Destroying Zerocare before it takes roots is the way to go. Then make sure Zero is not re-elected in 2012. Also lets all pray that Alex Baldwin stays out of Politics forever.

  • Julia

    Krauthammer is just another elite–on the right. (And he looks like Frankenstein–just saying)

  • Anonymous

    This guy is getting to be a real pill. What then, just roll over and play dead? We need to do Something…and Yes, People will criticize us.

  • Frank in PA

    It’s more politically damning if they don’t live up to their campaign promises and the mandate handed to them in November. We have had enough of political gamesmanship from republicans. The democrats are going to talk trash and play the blame game no matter what.

    Kill Obamacare however you can, period! At the end of the day, it is not about who likes or doesn’t like the republicans. It is about pulling America back from the edge of the cliff. Do what’s good for the country and let the chips fall where they may!

  • Defund , repeal , as long as it’s not put into practice .

  • We sent a message to Congress this year. I don’t think it can be more clear what we want. DEFUND and REPEAL.

  • We sent a message to Congress this year. I don’t think it can be more clear what we want. DEFUND and REPEAL.

  • Anonymous

    The krazy kraut has gotten it wrong AGAIN – and hayes is 100% correct. A few weeks ago, krazy kraut also went off the deep end when he claimed that if the federal government got shut down because of responsible Repub actions, the American people would hate them for it ! Fortunately, hayes also came in to offer the correct response: if the Repubs caused the federal government to shut down, ALL AMERICANS would shout their praises at the top of their lungs – in fact their ONLY concern would be that the shutdown was TEMPORARY instead of PERMANENT.

  • Skip

    CK is showing himself to be another elite beltway pundit who still doesn’t get that the game has changed and that time is short to reverse our country’s slide toward socialism.

    Bamacare needs to be eradicated asap. Defund it. Dismantle the over 200 new agencies, boards, panels created by the bill and fire their bureaucrats. Hold hearings and prosecute for purgery those that lied during the runup to the bill. Shred the actual print copies and incinerate the shreddings. Tear out the servers and drill out the hard drives. Eradicate it.

  • Millercrew67

    Steve has the one exactly right. The main stream media will be loathe to report anything of significance that comes out of hearings, but they will report the cutting off of funds which can then be used to highlite the results of those hearings.

  • The Head:

    1st: Republicans are blamed for & will be blamed for everything so why would this matter.

    What Charles described is exactly the problem. Spineless Repubs (RINOs) worried what the media will think, their image, being blamed rather than doing what is right & needed. REPEAL!!

    2nd: Krauthammer is a fool, DC insider and pure RINO. HE IS THE PROBLEM. This buffoon supported Castles & Murkowski and looked how they voted this month. Palin was 100% correct. TIME TO SHUT-UP & RETIRE.

    3rd: We need a conservative who knows the media will come after them. They must reveal in these attacks, punch back and explain clearly to Americans what the truth is. The ONLY conservative doing this and the most qualified is Governor Palin.

  • Stillworking

    So the Dems are driving the ship of state towards a waterfall & Krauthammer wants us to sit back until it self destructs? This way the Republicans cannot be blaimed. Does he listen to himself?

  • ptc

    I just read this, found it quite remarkable:

    Bush–Hinckley family connections

    According to the March 31, 1981, edition of the Houston Post, and reported by AP, UPI, NBC News and Newsweek, Hinckley is the son of one of George H.W. Bush’s political and financial supporters in his 1980 presidential primary campaign against Ronald Reagan;

    John Hinckley, Jr.’s elder brother, Scott Hinckley, and Bush’s son Neil Bush had a dinner appointment scheduled for the next day.

    Associated Press published the following on March 31, 1981:

    “ The family of the man charged with trying to assassinate President Reagan is acquainted with the family of Vice-President George Bush and had made large contributions to his political campaign … Scott Hinckley, brother of John W. Hinckley, Jr., was to have dined tonight in Denver at the home of Neil Bush, one of the Vice-President’s sons …

    The Houston Post said it was unable to reach Scott Hinckley, vice-president of his father’s Denver-based firm, Vanderbilt Energy Corporation, for comment. Neil Bush lives in Denver, where he works for Standard Oil Company of Indiana. In 1978, Neil Bush served as campaign manager for his brother, George W. Bush, the Vice-President’s eldest son, who made an unsuccessful bid for Congress.

    Neil lived in Lubbock, Texas, throughout much of 1978, where John Hinckley lived from 1974 through 1980… Sharon Bush, Neil’s wife, said Scott Hinckley was coming to their house as a date of a girl friend of hers. “I don’t even know the brother. From what I know and I’ve heard, they (the Hinckleys) are a very nice family and have given a lot of money to the Bush campaign.

    I understand he was just the renegade brother in the family. They must feel awful,” she said.