'Repeal, Replace, Reform' Should Be GOP's Rallying Cry

Dems' morale boost will be short-lived, predicts Karl Rove
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2010 5:24 AM CDT
'Repeal, Replace, Reform' Should Be GOP's Rallying Cry
"We've seen this movie before and it won't end happily for Democrats," writes Karl Rove.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Democrats may be in good spirits now, but passing health care reform won't help them politically any more than the stimulus package helped them in New Jersey's 2009 gubernatorial elections, argues Karl Rove. The public remains mostly opposed to "ObamaCare," and Republicans can ride that sentiment to victory this year if they can make sure the package's opponents get out and vote, Rove writes in the Wall Street Journal.

Republicans—who have "the powerful rallying cry 'repeal, replace, and reform'"—will benefit from the fact that the public will see "more pain than gain" from ObamaCare until 2017 at the earliest, Rove writes. GOP candidates should focus on the package's weaknesses, especially its "Madoff-style financing," and lay out an alternative free from "onerous mandates that hit individuals and taxes that hobble economic growth." (More health care reform stories.)

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