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September 25, 2013

GOP actions on ACA hurt economy

House Republicans’ rabid hatred of Obama reached new heights this month. Since they can’t express their rage the way they would like to, they transfer it to a Republican health-care proposal named after Obama. They tried to repeal Obamacare for a 41st time and then passed a spending bill conditioned on defunding the program.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said that was the dumbest idea he’d ever heard of, because, well, they can’t defund Obamacare, an assessment Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., shares. But then, they are not talking here about the top of the gene pool.

Sen. Jim Risch, Republican of Idaho, added: “There isn’t anybody that thinks that Obamacare is going to get defunded. It cannot happen.” He added, “It is as impossible as anything can possibly be in Washington, D.C.” The Senate is not going to pass it and the president would veto it in any case.

Speaker John Boehner nonetheless termed the vote a victory for the American people. That makes about as much sense as Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., comparing the GOP’s fiscal lunacy to Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, and Martin Luther King.

Eric Cantor, the majority leader, is apparently also having delusions: he believes someone has to protect middle-class families from Obamacare’s “horrific effects,” you know, like having health-care benefits similar to Cantor’s. An HHS report published by USA Today shows that 6.4 million Americans will be able to buy insurance at $100 or less a month through the new health exchanges because of tax subsidies.

The Republican theology is that Obamacare is extremely unpopular: a recent poll found that 43 percent of Americans favored the law and 54 percent opposed it. But all such polls find that 16 percent or so believe the law doesn’t go far enough. In other words, about 59 percent of Americans support the law or something even more far-reaching. You won’t find that in any Republican talking points.

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