Republicans Admit Defeat and Silently Surrender In Their War On Obamacare

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Republican presidential candidates still try to drum up support by attacking Obamacare, but behind the scenes the Republican Party has quietly transitioned from pushing repeal, towards begrudgingly accepting many of the key provisions of Obamacare. According to a Saturday piece by Noam N. Levey at the LA Times, Republican congressional leaders are unwilling to threaten another government shut down to try to overturn Obamacare.

Furthermore, Republican leaders have silently incorporated many of Obamacare’s main protections into their own counter-proposals. For example, the most detailed GOP alternative plan to Obamacare, being pushed by Senators Orrin Hatch (UT) and Richard Burr (NC), and Rep. Fred Upton (MI-06), can best be described as “Obamacare light”. The Hatch-Burr-Upton plan includes guaranteeing coverage for pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to stay on their parent’s plans, and providing government subsidies to help low-income consumers purchase insurance, all key components of Obamacare.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has now been the law of the land for over five years. Congressional Republicans have voted over 50 times unsuccessfully to repeal it, but despite their relentless efforts, they have been unable to overturn the law. Having failed repeatedly, some Republican leaders are signaling their desire to move on to other priorities.

With 22 million Americans directly benefiting from the law, and with uninsured rates plummeting from 18 percent to under 12 percent for American adults, many Republicans are beginning to recognize the folly of repealing the law.

Bashing Obamacare is still fashionable in GOP political circles, but for a significant number of Republicans, the attacks are now simply empty rhetoric designed to rally the base. Despite the harsh words, many GOP politicians now lack the willpower to actually strip away coverage from over 20 million Americans. When it comes to taking away their constituents’ health care, talk is cheap, but action is politically risky.

As long as Republicans confine their attacks to the abstract concept of Obamacare their words are well-received by conservative voters, but actual repeal of the ACA would have a negative impact on many Republican and Independent voters who, perhaps unwittingly, are some of the law’s primary beneficiaries. If they lose their insurance, they may finally put two and two together, and direct their retribution at the Republican politicians responsible.

With an impending Supreme Court ruling coming that might reshape the debate on Obamacare, Democrats should not yet declare victory. While an unfavorable Supreme Court ruling could prove double-edged for the GOP, it could also erode the health care progress America has made with the passing of the ACA.

However, regardless of how the Court rules in the King v. Burwell case, one thing is clear. For Republicans, repealing Obamacare was a far easier goal to achieve before it started helping 22 million Americans. Now that the law is working, the Republicans have little choice but to surrender and give up their war on Obamacare. While many party leaders aren’t waving the white flag publicly, the Republican Party is quietly aware that they have lost their war against Obamacare.

38 Replies to “Republicans Admit Defeat and Silently Surrender In Their War On Obamacare”

  1. About fecking time. Now if only they’d get over Benghazi and confirm Lynch they could go home for the summer.

  2. But damn, for anything successfully implemented by the president and loved by Americans, you have to drag these imbeciles by the hair before they can understand. Now maybe they will also address the immigration situation before again, they will have to admit defeat and go to the corner. Stupid hard headed shits.

  3. Well, if they didn’t want to take responsibility for bringing ACA down, then they should have thought about it before they have wasted our money. They are the creepiest, most idiotic bunch of *sses I have ever witnessed (and believe me, I’ve met quite a few).

    So, they KNOW deep down this is good for the American people. I don’t know how this President has had the patience.

  4. For 75 years, it was said that Roosevelt’s New Deal saved capitalism. By softening the rough edges of the free market capitalism with reforms such as social security and unemployment insurance, FDR may have prevented adoption of much more radical changes.

    75 years from today it is unlikely that anyone will think Obama saved market-priced medical care. Rather, he only prolonged it, and that will not be thought of as a good thing. In the developed world, market-priced medical care still exists only in the USA. It is only a matter of time until market-priced medical care joins communism, slavery, racial segregation and fascism as systems that no longer exist in developed nations.

    The USA is the last holdout with market-priced medical care not because of any inherent conservative or free market ideology. Rather, as the wealthiest nation that ever existed we are the last ones who can afford it. Switzerland was one of the last advanced economies…”

  5. No, it’s you liberals who never get a clue. If it’s left up to you the country will only continue on this downward spiral. ObamaCare was a bad deal from the beginning and should be trashed once and for all. Finished. Kaput! And if you feel sympathy for the cause of illegal immigration that really shows how really pathetic you are. I swear, what rock do you people crawl out from under?


  7. NO,,THIS IS A FARCE,,,they know they have to keep their moth shut about obamacare untill AFTER THE UPCOMING ELECTION,,,,DONT FALL FOR THIS SAME SHITTTT AGAINE AMERICA

  8. I’d rather be a liberal,, than a brainless, evil idiot who does nothing but sit around all day and complain. Hey stupid wakeup, uninsured Americans has dropped so are you so far in a cave you have no idea what’s going on. What do you expect from a right-wing nut case. No new ideas, no new complaints even no new candidates to run.

  9. They will bide their time and wait until they’re firmly in power again to screw us all.

    Just like they’ve done since the beginning.

  10. Do not kid yourselves. Should TEA/KKK/pseudo-Republicans gain further control in congress, they will clearly kill Obamacare!

  11. you are a complete idiot. the market based health care industry was making it impossible for people to get it. if you had high cholesterol they charged you a price so high you couldn’t afford it. sometimes you right wingers have to admit the free market doesn’t always work.

  12. After spending so much time engaging in repeated acts of legislative masturbation, their hands are a bit chaffed.

  13. All I know is my health care insurance went from $424 monthly to over $1100 monthly. Needless to say I can’t afford the AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

  14. RO JO is loosing his job come 2016. Our beloved Russ Feingold is running. Russ 56%, RO JO 32%. We will love getting rid of this varmint for the rest of the country. Johnson has not done ONE thing since he got in the Senate. He is a moron. He just says stupid things to get video coverage. Eveyone wants him OUT. VOTE BLUE

  15. Reichwingers still can’t comprehend the possibility of
    our wealthy nation providing every citizen with an edu-
    cation and health care for free. And these neocons harp
    so much about their “values”? And all the bs about their
    rates rising and being separated from their doctors. Poor
    dears. Maybe since so many of them are signing up for
    ObamaCare, they now can be treated for depression at a cost these denyers never thought possible.

  16. No one gives credibility to maroons who cannot spell. Loose means the opposite of tight. Lose means the opposite of win. Learn to spell. Then I might pay attention.

  17. I live in Georgia and had health insurance with BCBS until I got my new premium. I prefer to pay my own way, not taking gov’t handouts. My wife and I own a small BBQ Restuarant so we do not have the option of group health plans. There’s just no way I can afford $1100 a month for health insurance.

  18. So you refuse the subsidies put in place to keep your healthcare affordable then bitch about how it’s no longer affordable?

  19. Well, you got to remember that they live by the motto:

    If at first you don’t succeed, try again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, …

    (At least I think the last count I saw of them trying to repeal ObamaCare was 56 – but it’s easy to lose count)

  20. The games that are impacting the American Middle Class were being played long before Obamacare was signed into law. Try greed is good. Try Ayn Rand. Try Tricky Dick. Try St Ronnie. Try Daddy Bush. Even try Slick Willie. Most especially try the Shrub. America’s top quintile, maybe even the top two quintiles are playing I got mine. Piss on you. Try to understand why there are so many people all over the country fighting for Single Payer. It will take some doing but the country will eventually get Single Payer. It has to. While Obamacare is better than letting the insurance companies run amok, Obamacare still plays footsie with the insurance companies. Obamacare did was deliver millions of new customers to the insurance companies, most subsidized by Medicaid. A customer is a customer. Look at what insurance company stock is selling for now compared to what it sold for before Obamacare. Wish I owned a few shares but I wouldn’t because of general principles.

  21. You should have realized most people on this page would see through your bull and most likely call you on it.

  22. Republicans are the most idiotic people on the Planet

    Rep. David Brat (R-VA) on Thursday, during a conversation with Lars Larson at the “Hold Their Feet To The Fire” conference, blamed Obamacare for moving America away from a free market system and making the country more like North Korea.

    “Look at every country in the world,” Brat said. “Look at North Korea and South Korea. It’s the same culture, it’s the same people, look at a map at night, half the, one of the countries is not lit, there’s no lights, and the bottom free-market country, all Koreans, is lit up. See you make your bet on which country you want to be, right? You want to go free market.”

    Someone forget to tell this dumbass South Korea has national healthcare

  23. I guess Shack doesn’t mind paying big taxes on defense and corporate welfare. Whereas any tax for ACA is much smaller. And I don’t believe this story that he refused a subsidy. It’s bs.

  24. Step into your Way Back Machine. Shortly after the law passed, several of those in Congress were saying, “We have to repeal it before 2014. Once it goes into effect, that’s it for repeal.”

    They never said the words, of course, but the meaning was clear. Once it started helping people, repeal would be their quickest route to a pink slip.

    Does this mean they’ll give up and start cooperating with this president or the next one [if she’s a Democrat?] Get real. Assuming Hillary gets the nod, it will be all Benghazi all the time. Aamof, that’s likely to be the chorus from now till January, 2017 in any case.

    So no, this is not victory. It’s just a change of subject. Wait for it . . . .

  25. Look at our big mouths flapping again. We thought that SS was safe but 80 years later the repubs are still attacking it. We thought voting rights were safe, in the 60’s people died for them. Everybody moved on and 60 years later a repub court gutted the voting rights act. Voter suppression is legal again. We thought reproductive rights were safe until in the last 10 – 15 years state by state they have been taken away. Now we watch as marriage rights given by the courts are being gutted by “religious beliefs” exemptions. The congress put banking safety laws in place after the 1930’s depression that the repubs gutted in the Clinton-bush admins. With no laws to protect us the banking system was delib crashed and tax payers had to bailout wallstreet. Glass/Spiegel reinstated those protections and now the repubs want to gut it. WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE TO DEFEND THESE BEDROCK LAWS BECAUSE AS SOON AS WE LOOK AWAY THE REPUBS ATTACK! IF WE SNOOZE, WE LOSE! AS I PROMISED, OPTIMISM BUBBLE POPPED.

  26. And just so you know, Hillary and the Dems haven’t won anything! The fight hasn’t even begun and the prize is 4 seats on the supreme court. If we look past 2016 I guarantee the repubs win the presidency, keep the senate and the house. 1956 here we come. I am going to keep saying this very loudly so you can’t ignore me. HILLARY AND THE DEMS HAVEN’T WON ANYTHING AND NOV 2016 is 18 months (540 days) away. We can’t count our chickens before they hatch!!

  27. LAPhil: At first read, your comment is predictably foolish, plain to see you are not convinced that Obamacare works and is helping Many Americans. Apparently you are one of those stubborn slow learners….the type that takes facts and reason one truth at a time until you get the whole picture. News Flash! Ted Cruz and his family has signed up for Obamacare, haven’t you heard? Ask him why? It takes awhile for you Right Wing/Tea Partiers to catch up and understand. By the way…BENGHAZI has now become the Looney Right Wing’s battle cry. It has been debunked even by Republicans. I bet you still cry out: BENGHAZI when you get up in the mornings. Right? BTW…Hillary will be our next President. So the nightmare will continue for you guys. ;)

  28. Republicans DID NOT surrender on O-care. They love it because it gives the insurance companies guaranteed profits by ensuring they have a customer pool that can’t say no. Thanks Obama.

  29. It’s not what we need, but it still helps a LOT of people. Myself, for example:

    I have a hellish trove of health issues.

    I now have insurance.

    I no longer can be denied insurance because of my preexisting conditions.

    I no longer can be priced out of insurance.

    I have a chance to live because of Obamacare.

    So yes, thanks Obama.

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