Sarah Palin hit back at former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie this morning after he suggested that Republicans should approach their governing strategy “with great care” and only “try to repeal those parts of the health care reform bill, the Obamacare bill, that have caused premiums to go up, shifted people out of the insurance they like, into a public plan.”
Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Palin called Gillespie’s comment “out of touch,” and insisted that Americans didn’t want health care reform “to start with”:
PALIN: No, no, see how out of touch even a comment, an idea like that is? No! What Americans are saying is, Obamacare, for instance, the mother of all unfunded mandates. We didn’t want it to start with, we knew we couldn’t afford it. Nobody would ever explain how in the world we would pay for this $3 trillion boondoggle when there are better, more sensible reforms for health care that, of course can be provided the problem and we can find some solutions that way. But instead no, now people are talking about already, ‘well, let’s just compromise on some of it, and some provisions can be repealed or reformed.’ No! Repeal the whole thing, replace it with market based, free-market based patient-centered reform that Republicans tried to get Obama to listen to.
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“Anyone in the GOP who thinks they can cut a little deal here, there with Obama or Pelosi, to maybe raise taxes, tax here, they’re going to find themselves without a job in 2012. We gotta remind these folks, in the next couple of years, we put you in, we can take you out,” Palin added.
The rift between Gillespie and Palin only highlights the growing chasm between the current Republican leadership and so-called repeal purists like Rep. Steve King (R-IA). King and other repeal-it-all conservatives believe that leadership has been slow to embrace repeal and have become frustrated with the “replace it” strategy offered in the House GOP’s Pledge to America. “It’s going slow because there are Republicans who are arguing they don’t want to have to be opposed to every component of ObamaCare,” King has said of the “replace” it tactic. “They want to nuance this a little bit. And whenever you get nuance, you get divided by the enemy. And they scatter you across the battlefield and take you apart.” “If we can’t come to that conclusion, then I want some new people to come help me,” he added.
Similarly, Red States’ Eric Erickson complained that Boehner and Cantor “want to bully Republican House members into signing [a repeal and replace] petition and undercut the repeal effort with a ‘replace and replace with lame legislation’ effort. In effect, this undercuts a unified repeal effort and muddies the waters.”