GOP challenged by what to do next
WASHINGTON — With the first enrollment deadline now passed, Republicans who have made the repeal of President Barack Obama’s health care law their central aim are confronting a new reality: More than 2 million Americans are expected to be getting their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act come Jan. 1.
The enrollment figures may be well short of what the Obama administration had hoped for. But the fact that a significant number of Americans are now benefiting from the program is resulting in a subtle shift among Republicans...
That is a bold faced lie. Obamacare is sending people into Medicaid, not private health insurance. And that was the purpose all along. B Hussein Obama's scheme was to get bankrupt private insurance and then there would be nothing left except single payer. And if he hurts millions along the way to more pain, oh well.
...“It’s no longer just a piece of paper that you can repeal and it goes away,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., a tea party favorite. “There’s something there. We have to recognize that reality. We have to deal with the people that are currently covered under Obama-care.”
And that underscores a central fact of U.S. politics since Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act during the Depression: Once a benefit has been bestowed, it is nearly impossible to take it away.
Republicans are considering several ideas for how to proceed. Johnson argued that Congress should do away with the mandate that most people obtain insurance, but not the online exchanges.
Instead, he said, the options in the marketplaces should be augmented by other choices that fall short of the law’s coverage standards, such as catastrophic health plans. (Many policy analysts and insurance companies say such a move would not work, because the mandates are essential to delivering to a diverse pool of uninsured people.)
One, Johnson was a Tea Party mistake. He has turned into a RINO, or he was one and a really good actor. And I really love the "policy analysts and insurance companies" statement. See the linked Washington Post article that most people are not going into private care but Medicaid, so the process of destroying the private health care industry is going merrily along it's way.
And this is a "news story".
The rest will infuriate any intelligent person. If you want to, read the rest but it will only annoy you. Happy New Year.