GOP Reaction to Obamacare Ruling? Relief

Vox: “Amid a flurry of official statements declaring shock, outrage, and disappointment after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s federal insurance subsidies Thursday, Republicans quietly confided they were feeling something else, too: relief.”

“So even though Chief Justice John Roberts wrote another opinion upholding the health-care law, the conservative actually did Republicans a favor. The 6-3 ruling spares House and Senate GOP leaders from having to act. And it liberates Republican primary contenders from having to talk about subsidies. Instead, Republicans can return to the safe ground of ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare rhetoric rather than having to go down the far riskier road to action.”

A lot of Republicans “weren’t looking forward to spending the rest of this Congress talking about how to put Obama’s law back together. It would have been a messy process, with no guarantee that they could get a plan through either or both chambers. And, of course, there’s little chance that they could have found common ground with Obama to sign their fix.”

“That is, they were facing a whole lot of work with little likelihood of having anything to show for it at the end of the process — other than yet another highly charged political battle over the same law.”

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