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June 10, 2013

HOWEY: ‘Tweak and adapt’


With the repeal of Obamacare having virtually no chance, my advice to Republicans is to change their course to one of “Tweak and Adapt.”

In explaining his vote for Obamacare in 2010, then U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly predicted there would be problems that would need to be changed. In anything this large and transformative, course corrections will be necessary. The massive and costly changes to U.S. national security, the military and transportation following 9/11 have been as transformative as to what we face now. It was painful, but we adapted, are still making changes, and many businesses have actually prospered.

My challenge to the Hoosier Republican Congressional delegation: What are the likely course corrections? And what are your solutions?

The other challenge here is that instead of the hysteria we’ve been hearing from our delegation, they really ought to get into a mode where they are helping their constituents adapt. It’s probably too early to know, because we don’t know for sure what will work and what will need to change.

They have latched on to Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus’ “train wreck” remark when it comes to the state health exchanges. That is a 2014 campaign tactic designed to ward off primary challengers. But it undermines and erodes confidence, and whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, that is not responsible governance.

Hoosiers will need statesmen, not primary candidates.

— This columnist publishes at Find him on Twitter @hwypol

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