Do you hear that, Truthseekers? The once mighty battle cry from the legion of Neocons to repeal the Affordable Care Act has diminished to a wimpy whisper from a handful of ardent Teabaggers. The issue, which once promised to dominate the coming mid-term elections, is no longer a surefire winner for the GOP as the newly-implemented, so-called “Obamacare” is becoming increasingly popular around the nation.
Fact is, while there are still plenty of problems with the program, it is a vast improvement over our grossly imbalanced previous system of healthcare only for the lucky/wealthy and no care for the rest of us. Thousands of Americans now have coverage they can count on, children are no longer denied benefits for preexisting conditions, and insurance companies and salespersons are enjoying a booming business. It’s difficult to argue with success, which is putting major pressure on the GOP hopefuls this Fall. After all, Neocons can’t live on Benghazi alone. The NY Times explains it this way:
It was supposed to be so easy this election year for Republican congressional candidates. All they would have to do was shout “repeal Obamacare!” and make a crack about government doctors and broken websites, and they could coast into office on a wave of public fury. The failure of the Affordable Care Act was simply assumed.
But it has not quite worked out that way. The government website was fixed, and 8.1 million people managed to sign up for insurance through the exchanges. An additional 4.8 million people received coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Three million people under the age of 26 were covered by their parents’ plans. Though the law itself has never been widely popular, most people say they like its component parts, and a large majority now says it wants the law improved rather than repealed.
The furious backpedaling is amusing, especially among the most ardent ACA haters. Mitch McConnell (Turtle/KY), for example, was recently promising to “rip Obamacare out by the roots” or some such nonsense, then had to admit in a recent town hall meeting that to do so would gut the very popular state-run “Kynect” program, which now enjoys more than 400,000 participants. Still, some stalwart GOP-ers persist in tilting at this particular political windmill. Scott Brown, for one, will never adandon the REPEAL rebellion:
Scott Brown, who failed to sell this kind of nonsense in the Senate race in Massachusetts in 2012, is now peddling it in New Hampshire, where he is running for the Senate by saying the health law is “hurting families.” But not his family, apparently; in 2012, he admitted to keeping his daughter, then 23, on his policy, thanks to the law.
Kinda reminiscent of Ayn Rand collecting Social Security. This kind of hypocritical Doublespeak is what we’ve come to expect, isn’t it, Truthseekers? Meanwhile, look for the Goofy Old Party to cook up some other line of attack later this summer. I can’t hardly wait . . . .
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