The re-election of President Obama nearly six months ago effectively doomed the Republicans’ last real hope of eliminating the Affordable Care Act before before it got fully implemented. It would be practically impossible to completely repeal it now. Yet on a rhetorical level the GOP refuses to acknowledge this fact.
If anything the Republicans seem to have become even less willing to publicly talk about the inevitability of Obamacare than they were right after the election.
When it comes to Obamacare the Republican message remains that it “must be fully repealed” even though it is not really legislatively, technically, or politically feasible. For example the RNC, NRSC and NRCC all celebrated the ACA third anniversary last week by calling for its full repeal. And yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wrote an op-ed for USA Today calling for it to be “pulled out by its roots.” From USA Today:
The more we learn about Obamacare, the clearer it becomes that there is just no way to fix it. It costs way too much, and it’s not working the way they said it would. If we have any hope of fixing the U.S. health care system without crippling our economy in the process, Obamacare must be pulled out by its roots. Only then will we be able to start over with common-sense reforms that actually improve the quality of care and lower costs for individuals and families across the country. [...]
Now more than ever, the answer is to repeal and replace.
The GOP is basically committing to running on the full repeal of Obamacare in 2014, but this time the law will actually be implemented before next election. Republicans appear to be banking on the fact that the first year implementation will be a logistical disaster, which will give local Republicans a strong incentive to make sure it is.
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