A Wary Standoff on Obamacare?

Reason: “There is a shift happening. It’s not that Republicans are abandoning opposition to the law. But they appear increasingly uncertain about how to deal with it now that it has arrived.”

“Part of what’s happening here is that, in some sense, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion has become a separate issue from the rest of the law …”

“The party’s current confusion about how to respond to the coming of Obamacare coverage expansion is, in large part, the consequence of this years-long refusal to develop any alternative policy preference. Republicans have long known that they are against Obamacare, but that’s all they knew. ”

“There has been a sort of settling of opinion on Obamacare in recent months; it’s clear that it’s unpopular, and that the repeated attempts to message into success aren’t working. But with the follies of open enrollment behind us, and the most obvious website problems mitigated, it’s also less of a priority than it once was.”

“The result is a convergence of sorts, and also a kind of wary standoff, in which both parties are grappling with the fact that Obamacare is unpopular, but also that millions of people are now receiving its benefits. Neither side knows quite how to respond. It’s like watching two boxers circle each other in the ring, holding in defensive positions.”

 

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