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Heath care defeat gives GOP a reality check

By Doug Thompson
March 31, 2010

Sen. John Cornyn and other Republicans: On second thought...(AP)

As the Republican party heads into the mid-term elections, some worry that their scorched-earth policy on health care reform could come back and bite them in the ass.

Some GOP leaders now admit they may have overplayed their hand and worry that the “repeal the law” strategy promoted by the party’s extreme conservative base could backfire on election day.

First, any chance for repeal is remote at best and failure would not sit well with the right-wing grassroots that’s long on emotion and short of political common sense. Second, polls show growing public support for the new health care law and if that trend continues, a campaign strategy could prove disastrous by election day.

So GOP leaders are advising their candidates to tread lightly on the “repeal the law’ strategy and focus instead on jobs and the economy.

“The number one concern of the public is jobs and people losing their homes,” Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee told the Associated Press.

Cronyn added that candidates should look at how the health care bill plays at home before going out of a limb on repeal.

“Candidates are going to test the winds in their own states,” Cornyn said. “In some places, the health care bill is more popular than others.”

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5 Responses to Heath care defeat gives GOP a reality check

  1. Bill Cravener

    March 31, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Health-care reform will certainly discriminate against GOPers unless it includes strong coverage for mental-health issues. Even if the Republicans take over the Congress in the next election, which I do not see happening, it is very unlikely that they will repeal the health care reform bill. By then folks well see the benefits of reform and they will not like having any of it taken away.

    The Republicans talk a lot about lowering taxes and reducing the size of government but when they are in power we get more taxes, more debt, more government and most certainly fewer liberties. The GOP has bet its future on courting the Tea Party and that is most definitely political suicide for them.

  2. Mightymo

    March 31, 2010 at 11:04 am

    The GOP, what can you say about these misguided fools. First they fought healthcare reform tooth and nail, and I think that most Americans can agree that there is a need for it, but that only the timing was wrong. But considering that its taken over a hundred years to finally get it passed, now is certainly the time to grab the opportunity.
    Then, once passed they turn their attention to repealing it. Only to realize a little late that once passed, most Americans were going to be supportive of it.
    Now, in yet another attempt to avoid doing anything positive for the American people, they are going to turn what little attention they can muster towards people’s concern towards jobs, and losing their homes.
    Lets just see how productive they are with offering any reasurances to the American people with these two topics; don’t hold your breath!

  3. truman

    March 31, 2010 at 11:23 am

    If America bankrupt republicans profit. In fact, I bet they hope and pray for this everynight. Its PARTY FIRST AMERICA LAST. No matter what was in the health care bill, even if God came down and told this is the solution to all America’s health care problems, Republicans would fight tooth and nail to prevent it from passing, they’d say its “socialist” just because they don’t want Obama and the democrats to succeed. They want America to fail so they can blame it on Obama.

  4. woody188

    March 31, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I’d like door number three…what do you mean we only have two choices?

    • woody188

      March 31, 2010 at 11:26 pm

      What do you mean they both run on the same platform?