It’s no secret that Republicans have opposed the Affordable Care Act since the very beginning. From death panels to economic Armageddon, the GOP has said and done just about anything they possibly could to make people as irrationally terrified of this law as possible.
But despite their incessant fear-mongering, basically none of their apocalyptic warnings have come true. The “worst” factual talking point they’ve had against “Obamacare” is that around 5 million Americans were forced to switch insurance plans because their previous plans were inadequate.
Oh, the horrors!
So, when I read that Senate Republicans were desperately trying to pass legislation that would extend the subsidies for the Affordable Care Act through 2017, I was a little caught off guard. After all, aren’t these the same subsidies many of them have been pushing the Supreme Court to strike down for years? So, why would Republicans want to pass legislation that guarantees the subsidies through 2017?
Oh, I know why – to avoid having millions of Americans, many of whom are conservative voters, blaming the Republican party for losing their health insurance just before the 2016 elections.
Right now the debate in the Supreme Court over these subsidies essentially centers around wording in the law that could easily be fixed by Congress, nullifying any need for the court to rule on this issue at all. Of course, Republicans in Congress won’t do that. Instead, what they’re trying to do is pass a temporary patch to the law so that if the court rules against it they won’t be blamed for the ramifications (basically complete chaos within our health care system) just before one of the most crucial election years in our nation’s history.
While it’s easy for Republicans to brainwash their voters into thinking that this law is horrible, it’s will be an entirely different story when millions of Americans suddenly see firsthand what they’re going to lose if the GOP gets its way.
If the Supreme Court rules against the subsidies, there’s not going to be anyone else to blame but the Republican party – and they damn well know that. That’s why they’re trying to pass this temporary fix so that they won’t have to suffer any sort of political ramifications for being the ones responsible for millions of Americans potentially losing their health insurance.
It is astonishing how stupid Republicans treat conservative voters – yet their voters seem to eat it right up. Republicans couldn’t be any more transparent about what they’re trying to do, but conservative voters couldn’t seem to care less.
Clearly Republicans know the law is working and they also know millions of Americans are going to finally see just how valuable “Obamacare” has been if the GOP finally gets its way. If they didn’t fear that, and they truly believed this law was one of the worst things to ever happen to this country, Senate Republicans wouldn’t be pathetically trying to pass an extension to the very subsidies they want struck down just to save their political asses in 2016.