March 4, 2023

LYING BACK AND ENJOYING IT:

The GOP's epic defeat on health care is laid bare in North Carolina (Paul Waldman and  Greg Sargent, March 3, 2023, Washington Post)

Just after the Affordable Care Act fully took effect in 2014, around two dozen GOP-run states were refusing to implement the ACA's expansion of Medicaid. This left millions of Americans languishing in a needless crisis, all because ACA-despising Republican legislators were turning away enormous sums of federal cash earmarked to cover their state's poorest adult residents.

But in the near-decade since, health-care advocates have painstakingly overcome that opposition, and many of those states have now embraced the expansion. Between this and the failure of years of ACA repeal drives, the GOP has essentially been routed in the Obamacare wars.

The scale of this defeat is evident in big news out of North Carolina, where leaders in the GOP-controlled legislature announced a deal Thursday to accept the expansion. 

Health Care Reform was always inevitable and RomneyCare/Heritage/Obamacare was a rather moderate proposal that a co-operative GOP could have improved.  Instead, we turned our party into a racist swamp and got stuck with a plan we failed to influence.  

Posted by at March 4, 2023 8:31 AM

  

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