Republicans’ Refocus Their Strategy for Killing Obamacare

Jonathan Chait: “Conservatives continue to rage against Obamacare, and their capacity to oppose it, unlike their capacity to prevent same-sex marriage, has not fully expired. The strategy of attempting to destroy Obamacare through far-fetched lawsuits has run its course, but Republicans can still have normal political methods at their disposal should they regain power. They have come to focus their energies on the remaining path to obtain this goal, which runs through the final destruction of the Senate filibuster.”

National Journal: The Supreme Court “losses could provide Republican presidential candidates with more political flexibility on the campaign trail and that could could work in their favor.”

“‘The conversation changes now. It is no longer about them trying to figure out how they are going to provide subsidies. Now there is going to be a real focus on providing a solution,’ Republican strategist Mercedes Schlapp said. ‘It goes from being a potentially messy situation to honing in and focusing their message on providing a patient-centered alternative.'”

“While congressional Republicans still are eying an Obamacare overhaul through the budget-reconciliation process, that effort is dead on arrival at the White House. That enables Republicans from Scott Walker to Marco Rubio to rally against the president, without being boxed in by their own party’s policies. They don’t have to fix a problem, they merely have to come up with an independent alternative.”

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