It’s time to call it a day. Or is it?
More than 7 million people signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act by the midnight March 31 deadline. Three million more have been covered because they can stay on their parents’ coverage until they’re 26. Millions more have been covered in states that have had the good sense to accept the Federal money to expand Medicaid coverage. And, for the first time since it was first passed nearly four years ago, more Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act than oppose it.
Isn’t it time to for the Obamacare-haters to give up and move on to something else? Not on your tintype!
For the R’s the fact that 10 million Americans have health insurance is the worst thing that’s ever happened to the country. Some of them even questioned the enrollment figures…one Republican Senator said on Fox News that the administration’s numbers were “cooked”. On yet another Sunday morning program, baby Lindsey Graham agreed…and both Republicans once more called for the repeal of the ACA in total while both admitted they had no idea what should be put in its place. And members of the House of Representatives, who have voted 52 times to repeal or cripple the Affordable Care Act, are prepared to do it again…and again…and again.
And, as usual, our conservative brethren feel betrayed. By whom? By anyone who signed up for health care coverage. And they believe, as usual, that the media is tub-thumping in favor of the administration against all evidence that Obamacare is really the biggest failure in the history of failure.
Do they really believe this is going to work for them? Do they really think that the “unpopularity” of Obamacare is going to win them the 2014 midterms…especially when the ACA is no longer so unpopular? Is it really good politics to run on stripping millions of Americans of the health insurance they’ve finally been able to afford…thanks to the Affordable Care Act?
They do seem to believe this. We wonder, though, how long they will continue to believe it. Mitch McConnell, for example, is running for reelection in Kentucky. Kentucky, one of the few red states to actually set up their own exchange, is also an ACA success story. More than 40% of Kentucky’s uninsured found coverage under the ACA. Does Mitch McConnell really think it politic to run on taking that coverage away?
One doubts it. But one can hope.