January 12, 2015

THEY'RE AS SERIOUS ABOUT THAT REPEAL...:

Some welcome GOP candor on Obamacare (Greg Sargent, January 12, 2015, Washington Post)

[R]epublicans have long played a very clever game on the Affordable Care Act. They have regularly claimed that of course they are for repealing that hated thing they call "Obamacare." But the same time, they've carefully left the impression that even if Republicans get their way, people will somehow be able to keep components of it they like, such as the coverage guarantee -- an impression they've created by openly supporting the law's key goals or dangling the possibility of some phantom GOP alternative that would do the same thing. Jindal, refreshingly, suggests Republicans should be willing to admit they support "taking back what Obama has already given."

Republicans have long been able to fulminate in favor of eliminating Obamacare, secure in the knowledge that its benefits aren't going to be taken away from people and that they'd remain insulated from the political consequences of such an outcome. (Even some right-leaning writers have criticized this dodge.)

A SCOTUS decision against the law could upend that dynamic. At that point, the decisions of GOP lawmakers on how to proceed could suddenly have practical consequences for millions. GOP state legislators could set up their own exchanges to keep subsidies flowing, or the GOP Congress could agree to a simple fix. By contrast, not doing those things could mean millions lose coverage and other major disruptions.

...as they've shown themselves to be about the immigration executive orders.  Un.
Posted by at January 12, 2015 2:49 PM
  

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