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GOP backs away from Obamacare repeal

By DOUG THOMPSON
July 6, 2011

GOP Rep. Paul Ryan: One extreme too many

Republicans stormed into control of the House after the 2010 elections determined to repeal Obamacare. They promised to replace the controversial health care “reform” with something else.

That was then. This is now and you don’t hear much talk on Capitol Hill about “repeal and replace.”

“I can’t get any traction,” says Iowa Rep. Steve King, the House Republican who shouted the loudest about how he and other Republicans will repeal Obama care or — at the very least — defund it. “You can’t create something in this Congress unless leadership approves it.  There’s a little bit of an undercurrent that I pick up among well-positioned people in this Congress who think there could be some redeeming qualities of Obama care,” he told Politico.

Indeed, GOP leaders have found that repealing Obamacare — something they felt would be a decisive issue with voters is actually divisive and could hurt the party as he struggles to consolidate its hold on Congress in this fall’s elections.

Voters, it seems, like some of the the new health care law, including banning the ability of insurance companies to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Plus, voter backlash against the extremes like tinkering with Medicare may have turned the tide.

“The problem is that they (Republicans” give the health issue to Democrats,” says Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy and political analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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4 Responses to GOP backs away from Obamacare repeal

  1. Danny Adams

    July 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Another contributing factor may also be that five of the big provisions in Obamacare started life as part of the Republican platform–and the Republicans fought to have those provisions put into the law.

  2. woody188

    July 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    We are going to end up with the worst of both Obamacare and Medicare as they’ll end up not reducing Medicare per Obamacare. So we’ll have this gargantuan bill for medical services and no means to pay for it.

    Politicians love Obamacare because they’ll have two years to steal funds from it to float the Federal government until 2014. Then they’ll have to raise taxes or lower services, probably both.

  3. griff

    July 6, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Of course we all know that the beneficiaries of Obamacare (hint: not you and I) spread their campaign contributions far and wide on both sides of the aisle, hence the Republicans, along with the gullible public-at-large, have been convinced over time that it’s a good thing.

    Laws this big and far-reaching in scope are never a good thing. Government coercion is never a good thing. Well, unless you’re the government.

  4. egc52556

    July 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    As long as we are unwilling to let people fail — and fail big time — then we will continue to vote for government that provides safety nets, and lots of ‘em.

    I’m one who thinks these nets are a part of our social contract, the cost of living together in a civilized fashion instead of dog-eat-dog way, ruled by warlords.