Waiting For the Obamacare Alternative

The really exciting Obamacare news today doesn’t involve the enrollment figures, oh no. It’s this, via Roll Call‘s Daniel Newhauser:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., reiterated on Friday that the House plans to bring up a bill to replace President Barack Obama’s health care law.

In a memo to members laying out the House agenda for the remainder of the winter, Cantor noted that the replacement is being finalized, and said that in the meantime, Republicans will work to target parts of the law with which they disagree.

“As we continue to work to finalize our Obamacare replacement plan, we will also act to highlight and address the serious consequences of the law,” he said.

The memo highlights an onslaught against the administration’s policymaking, including bills to target Obama’s executive actions, the IRS and the health care law.

Wow! The alternative we’ve been waiting for these many months and years is almost done! But in the meantime….Obamacare Fail! IRS vendetta! Benghazi! Obama’s a tyrant! Obama’s weak!

I am reminded of two snippets I read during my college years. One is from Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postcript, mocking the Hegelian philosophical System, which always seemed to be under construction:

“Tell me now sincerely, is it entirely finished; for if so I will kneel down before it, even at the risk of ruining a pair of trousers (for on account of the heavy traffic to and from the system, the road has become quite muddy).”

And the other is from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot:

BOY: (in a rush). Mr. Godot told me to tell you he won’t come this evening but surely tomorrow.


VLADIMIR: Is that all?

BOY: Yes Sir.


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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.