A Republican Flip-Flop on Obamacare

Greg Sargent comments on Glenn Kessler’s article regarding Republicans’ interpretation of the Affordable Care Act.

“GOP Senators John Cornyn, John Barrasso, and Orrin Hatch, along with Rep. Paul Ryan, are all previously on record making statements that appear grounded in the assumption that subsidies would be available to people who got health care on the federal exchanges, in addition to state ones. The King lawsuit, of course, alleges that the ACA does not authorize subsidies to all those people, and now, Cornyn, Hatch, and Ryan have signed a brief siding with the challengers. Meanwhile, Barrasso is openly rooting for the Supreme Court to ‘bring down’ the law.”

“Some of these statements have been previously aired. What’s new here is that these Senators and their spokespeople have now attempted to explain their shift in views. Most of their explanations, Kessler concludes, are pretty weak, and amount to an ‘unacknowledged flip-flop.’”

“Cornyn has perhaps the weakest defense … His concerns about the budget make little sense if one believes that the citizens in about three-quarters of the states would not qualify for premium subsidies.”

“The more media scrutiny this lawsuit receives, the more trumped-up and circus-like it looks. And there are still plenty of questions about it that remain unanswered.”

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