“You have to be fast on your feet and adaptive or else a strategy is useless.” – Charles de Gaulle
“Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.” – Sun Tzu
Each of the above quotes represents a single half of a picture. Each side of a conflict holds tension to the other side, pulling tight various strategies. The winning side isn’t necessarily the most brute, but the most enduring, regardless of its basic strength. Politics is all strategy, and, moreover, politics is adaptive strategy.
As anyone who has eyes and ears knows at this point, Obama lied to the American people about whether or not they could keep their health insurance plan if they liked it. What may not be apparent to all is the strategy being employed by the president to fix his mess. Obama, in his infinitely cunning brain, has scraped up from the bottom of the barrel a move that would make even Bill Clinton blush. Obama has decided to make himself into a superhero, and save the Democrats in the process.
Obama decreed that those who had their insurance cancelled will be allowed to have it back. I predicted earlier that the insurance companies would reject this offer, leading to a fight between Obama and the insurance industry, after which Obama can be labeled a hero for fighting for the American people. I was close. Rather quickly, the states have individually rejected Obama’s fix. According to Breitbart:
“Connecticut is joining eight other states in rejecting President Obama’s ‘fix’ that allows healthcare policyholders with non-complying Affordable Care Act insurance plans to renew them through 2014. Previously, California, Massachusetts, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington had come to the same conclusion.”
“A Health and Human Services department official said Thursday night that the start of enrollment in the Obamacare program for 2015 will be delayed until after the midterm elections.”
So far, Obama’s strategy seems to be following my projected trajectory. He will likely fight the states, coming out as the hero in the eyes of millions of low-information voters. In addition, the sign-up for 2015 will now be delayed until after the 2014 mid-terms, ensuring Democrats don’t suffer a wave of angry voters whose premiums have tripled.
Sun Tzu is correct in his advice. Attack the strategy. Knowing Obama’s strategy is half the battle. We know how he operates. He makes himself into a savior to win over the stupid and ignorant. Instead of watching passively, we must launch ourselves into the conversation, attacking the Democrats’ most basic strategies. If we do this, they will be crippled irreparably.