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Good News from the Republicans

I finally have something good to report about the Republicans. According to the LA Times, the GOP has given up on trying to repeal Obamacare. It only took five years, more than fifty repeal votes, and a few government shutdowns, but occasionally you can teach the Grand Old Party new tricks.

According to a prominent Republican pollster, “Only 18% of Americans want to go back to the system we had before because they do not want to go back to some of the problems we had.” The only remaining problem is that those 18% appear to be the core of the Republican base. The ACA remains extremely unpopular with GOP voters. But repealing it would anger everyone else, including the 20 million people who depend on it for their health insurance.

So expect more saber rattling from GOP candidates during the upcoming election, but absolutely no real action to get rid of the law.

Ironically, Republican politicians are even making proposals to ensure the continuing health of Obamacare. This year, the Supreme Court could strip away the insurance subsidies available to states that use the federal exchange, and would likely leave 8.3 million people uninsured.

The only solution would be for Congress to fix the law, and Congress is controlled by Republicans, who supposedly want to kill the ACA. Several GOP Congresscritters have already proposed extending the subsidies. What will they say to their base when they propose changes to save Obamacare?



  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Just one story: When Hillary ran before, she acknowledged New York as having the best health care system. We have something called “Healthy New York” for small business owners.
    My tax client didn’t need it because he was covered under his wife’s health insurance-that is until she turned in all the people stealing and cheating at her job. As her husband left for his paper route (small business), the Union reps moved in and beat her up. She has memory loss and has 1) been unable to work, 2)needs medical care.
    I told them about Healthy New York. He waited 1 1/2 hours end of March last year for the phone to be answered. He picked the worst day to call. Within 15 minutes, they had health insurance over the phone, gave permission for their electronically filed tax return to be checked for income by Medicaid and have no more to worry about. “I Love New York” ACA was modeled on New York

    Monday, April 20, 2015 at 10:18 am | Permalink
  2. redjon wrote:

    The GOP will tell their base, “You need to understand… We’re killing you for your own good.”

    Monday, April 20, 2015 at 1:38 pm | Permalink
  3. PATRIOTSGT wrote:

    Union reps moved in and beat her up. She has memory loss and has 1) been unable to work, 2)needs medical care.

    I thought unions were of the people for the people,
    I guess until you mess with their business….

    No wonder their rank and file chooses right to work over forced participation enforced by the government.

    Monday, April 20, 2015 at 1:59 pm | Permalink