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.