Saturday, June 27, 2015

Of course not: GOP cannot give up its fixation on repeal

If I did not believe in coincidence, I would have to think that Steve Benen (MSNBC/Rachel Maddow) became a contributor to my "Of course not" series. Today he writes about how the GOP's obsession with Obamacare repeal continues in spite of defeats at the ballot box, Supreme Court (now twice), and public opinion.

... maybe now Republicans are prepared to move on and stop trying to take families’ benefits away?

Of course not. The conservative Washington Examiner reported yesterday on Boehner’s familiar posture.

"Obamacare is fundamentally broken, increasing healthcare costs for millions of Americans. Today’s ruling doesn’t change that fact," Boehner said. "Republicans will continue to listen to American families and work to protect them from the consequences of Obamacare."

"And we will continue our efforts to repeal the law and replace it with patient-centered solutions that meet the needs of seniors, small business owners, and middle-class families," he said.

As a substantive matter, Boehner’s stale talking points are impossible to take seriously. As a political matter, the notion that the Speaker believes the public is clamoring for repeal is demonstrably false.

But the broader takeaway is more important: even now, despite a lengthy series of Republican debacles, despite the painfully obvious ACA successes, despite unambiguous court rulings, the GOP dream of dismantling the American health care system simply will not die.

It’s just pitiful. The sooner Republicans accept reality, recognize the fact that the law is both legal and effective, and become obsessed with some other issue, the better it will be for everyone.

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