What Happened to ‘Repeal and Replace’ Obamacare?

Despite Republicans’ mantra to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, Sahil Kapur notes that “since the health care law blew past its 7 million sign-ups target last month, Republican leaders have been noticeably more restrained in the way they talk about it, ratcheting down their public calls for repeal. Action has also slowed.”

“In the House, the GOP’s spring 2014 legislative agenda — as outlined in an April 25 memo by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) — doesn’t include any action on Obamacare.”

“House committee hearings on Obamacare are scant, with none currently scheduled.”

“The GOP’s pivot comes amid growing intra-party tension over how to deal with the law. Independent conservative experts warn that Obamacare won’t collapse on its own and that repealing it is no longer feasible as it would strip benefits from millions of Americans. It also comes after some anti-Obamacare claims on the right turned out to be inaccurate or failed to stand up to scrutiny.”

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  • Peter Hancock

    I say Repeal and Replace the entire GOP members of the House of not-reprensentative.

  • embo66

    What pisses me off is that these same Republicans, who wasted years fighting and spreading lies against the law, are apparently going to pay no real price for it in the upcoming elections.

    • pbrower2a

      2016. 2016. 2016.

    • MVH1

      I second that.

  • pbrower2a

    They had their chance to fine-tune ACA, making it either more solvent (like imposing or increasing taxes on cancerweed and booze — or allowing the federal and state governments to negotiate pharmaceutical prices ) or pushing amendments that might discourage some bad habits (like removing candy, chips, and sodas from eligibility for food stamps).

    There will be only one way to repeal and replace ACA — and that will be to offer something better. “Run out of money and die” is not better.

    Republicans and right-wing hacks are going to regret calling ACA “Obamacare”. Then again Democrats have no problem with driving on the Dwight Eisenhower Interstate Highway System.

    • MVH1

      Eisenhower would be a Democrat these days.

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