Posted: 08/28/14 10:41
by Dave Mindeman
As I predicted months ago, the GOP's all or nothing attack on Obamacare is failing....
In their glee over the law's disastrous debut in October, the GOP also failed to accurately gauge how much Obamacare would animate voters more than a year later. The website got fixed. Millions of people signed up. And now some states are reporting that 2015 premiums -- one of Republicans' last hopes for an attack line before November -- are going down. The attack lines are disappearing.
The GOP forgot one very important thing - people still need healthcare coverage. And the main focus of the ACA, which was to get MORE people covered, has been a rousing success.
John Kline, Michele Bachmann, and Erik Paulsen have always been part of the "repeal" block in Congress. Well, you don't hear much of that talk lately - and it might be time to hold them accountable for wasting so much time on 50 repeal votes in Congress. Especially when they have DONE NOTHING ELSE.
The politics of Obamacare were never as good for Republicans as they said or necessarily as bad as some Democrats seemed to fear.
The horrible website problems encouraged Republicans to continue their relentless attacks, but now that the essence of the law has been meeting its true goals, the Republican strategy on Obamacare is a dismal failure.
If the GOP had worked on the fixes, they could have owned the issue. But Republicans are too focused on scorched earth strategy and never on actually doing what the American people want or need.
The description of the Republican Party is still the "party of obstruction". At some point, there will be a price to be paid.