ACA Agonistes
Picking Up the Pace Toward a GOP Health Bill
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  • Thirdsyphon

    I hope the GOP brings a bill to replace the ACA to the floor of the house (and ideally passes it), but there’s approximately zero chance of that happening. The Republican leadership is well aware that the only thing less popular than the Democratic policy agenda is their own. Every time the House votes on a significant part of the Republican platform (see, e.g., the Ryan Budget), their poll numbers tank overnight. The GOP will just keep doing what it’s been doing all along: complaining about the failings of the Democrats and hoping that the election will be a referendum on Obama.

    • Bruce

      Despite blogs that want “constructive proposals,” campaigning against the ACA is probably good politics, although not pure enough for many. Given that the odds of ACA being repealed and replaced are near zero with Obama in the White House, a little negative campaigning seems highly logical and in step with the feelings of the populace. After all, the goal is not to please bloggers that voted for Obama. The goal is to re-gain power.

      • Thirdsyphon

        And they well might, but if they do it won’t be for long. The GOP has apparently learned nothing from its time in the wilderness, which portends a swift return to it.

  • Boritz

    ” A long last we might finally have a proper health care debate between serious alternatives.”

    Can’t be allowed to happen. Instead we will have demagoguery and incitement of lies that include but are not limited to the desire of Republicans, controlled by the Far Right/Tea Party, to continue a hate fueled war on minorities and women using healthcare as a vengeance weapon. The more moderate voices on the Left will simply observe that any Republican plan is stupid and causes great harm. I [can] write this not having read the specifics of the Republican proposals this time around. But a “proper health care debate” was a good idea although “alternatives” is a dirty word in this context as it implies individual choice not limited to the final disposition of a fetus.

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