Karl Rove: It’s Time to End Calls of Repealing Obamacare

Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal: “If the Supreme Court holds in King v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act—also known as ObamaCare—does not allow subsidies for health coverage to flow through federal insurance exchanges, Republicans better be ready to say what to do next.”

“President Barack Obama will then accuse conservative justices of overreaching and demand that the GOP Congress immediately extend subsidies to every state. His message will be politically potent, as it will turn the words of Republicans in 2013 back on them: ‘If you like your plan,’ Republicans said, ‘you should be able to keep your plan.’ Hillary Clinton will join in depicting Republicans as heartless brutes who would let people die for lack of health insurance rather than fix Mr. Obama’s law.”

“Some Republicans may insist on simply repealing ObamaCare. But doing this would chew up valuable time and give the president a veto opportunity he relishes. For now, Republicans should focus on putting Mr. Obama on the defensive with a proposal that makes sense to Americans.”

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