Democrats are seizing the opportunity that is being presented by the combination of the increasing popularity of Obamacare and a Republican party that is paralyzed by years of its own ACA rhetoric.
Democrats are chiding Republican leaders in Congress as standing in the way of improvements to ObamaCare that enjoy bipartisan support.
More than a half-dozen proposed changes to the law boast approval from at least some Democrats, including legislation to repeal a controversial cost-cutting board for Medicare, which gained its 218th cosponsor this week.
Democrats are looking to take advantage of a deepening divide within the Republican Party about what to do with President Obama’s healthcare law during his final two years in office, particularly as they await a key ObamaCare decision from the Supreme Court.
As recent polling has revealed that the Affordable Care Act is becoming a strength for Democrats nationally, Republicans are coming apart at the seams on the one issue that the used to be able to agree on. The problem for Republicans is that their lack of common sense when it comes to Obamacare is catching up to them.
Democrats have long understood the idea that people want affordable health insurance. Republicans have spent years trying to convince the uninsured that they don’t want health insurance. This is an argument that was never going to work, and the success of the ACA is trapping Republicans into a corner that they have painted themselves into.
Congressional Democrats are now on the offensive, as Republicans are afraid to touch even popular ACA legislation with bipartisan support. Democrats are masters of exploiting divides within the Republican Party. President Obama has spent much of time in office successfully expanding the cracks and fractures within the opposition.
Republicans once thought that their Obamacare opposition would deliver them the White House. Instead, it might cost them their total control of Congress.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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