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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  • pisher

    And the one time in his entire life that Karl Rove makes sense, Republicans will ignore him.

    • pbrower2a

      …and set themselves up for a wave of losses.

    • Travis Shaw

      They’ve been calling him a RINO for several years already.

  • pbrower2a

    When one of the top enemies of President Obama says that Obamacare is unassailable, Obamacare has been proved effective and politically wise.

    “Keep your hands off my Obamacare!”

  • farce-tragedy

    Dems would never go for Rove’s “transitional coverage” plan, especially not if they’re expected to dismantle Obamacare in exchange.

    Republicans are going to be dangling in the wind if the SCOTUS rules against subsidies. Dems should let them stay there.

  • chuck

    Leave ObamaCare a lone

  • Barry Adams

    Here’s the funny thing — the President wins if the Republicans send him a proposal, too. He finally forced them to the table to discuss health care in a concrete way.

  • Robert68

    Yep Karl, you are correct for once. I posted a comment yesterday that made the same point.
    The GOP reportedly plans to deal with this by extending the subsidies for everyone, but only through 2016. So would Obama play hardball and insist on a permanent fix, and call the GOP out over and over for finally getting what they wanted (throwing millions of people off their healthcare plans)? Or would he accept the temporary fix and kick the can to the next president/congress?

  • Calbengoshi

    If the Court rules against federal subsidies in states that rely on the federal exchange and the Republicans enact a law providing for temporary subsidies, the Republican nominee will be forced to explain what alternative he plans to propose or else Clinton will be able to hammer him over this issue.

  • DemInExile

    Ha! Close but no cigar Rove. He states “Republicans should focus on putting Mr. Obama on the defensive with a proposal that makes sense to Americans.”

    And how exactly are they going to do that? The GOP IS a bunch of brutes who want people to die. What are they going to do, propose a plan that would expand health care even further than the ACA? The only way the GOP can be seen as anything other than the group of uncaring brutes content to see people die that they are is to expand health care, something that, as a group of uncaring brutes content to see people die, they will never do.

    So yes Rove, the GOP is in a pickle, but your solution – have something else ready to go – is never going to happen and is an ideological impossibility.

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