“Snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” is not only a cliché; it seems to have been the Republican political strategy for the past few elections. Even more disturbingly, it seems like their strategy when dealing with the most epic governmental failures of Obamacare.

By now, one doesn’t have to explain how bad the Obamacare rollout has been. However, the human cost is still unknown, and everyone sees the train wreck coming. Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu has proposed a bill that lets people keep their current health plans, and today Republican Rep. Fred Upton—yes, the same brilliant mind that gave us the incandescent light bulb ban—is presenting his “Keep Your Health Plan Act” to the House. Speaker John Boehner has described this plan as part of the overall GOP strategy to fight Obamacare.

However, neither the Upton plan nor the Landrieu plan will actually fix the problem. Individual insurance is a heavily regulated, 50-state market, not a national market, and it is simply too late to immediately replace the five million canceled policies. No matter how intrusive the government response, the short-term damage is done.

If Republicans jump with both feet into trying to fix the unfixable, they’ll suddenly become co-owners of the individual market collapse. The unfolding bureaucratic nightmare will not only muddy the political waters. It will also cause immense confusion among insurers, with ripple effects across the entire market. And that can and will be blamed on the Republicans who are trying to fashion a “fix.”

Please go to the American Spectator to read the rest of my thoughts about this very important topic.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.