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Or does it?
Senate GOP leaders are endorsing a bill to extend the subsidies to 2017 regardless of what happens with the courts--because the specter of millions of people suddenly losing insurance for [ whatever reason ] seems kind of ugly in the face of an on-rushing national election. Now, we all agree that it would be foolish to think that voters would blame Republicans for the strike-down of the bill. After all, no Republican voted for it--or had a hand in drafting it.
The court-case that brought the issue to the Supreme Court? Well, it wasn't done by the RNC, was it? Republicans are just totally by-standers watching this unfold with nary a dog in the fight, right? Right? Is this thing on? Of course savvy observers have noticed that somehow things like the ~50 votes to appeal Obamacare by the GOP, promises to get rid of it, and other court-cases which were avidly promoted by Republicans seem to somehow have tarred the GOP with being a force behind the current attempt.
It's totally unfair to stick them with it--but some people think that's how it just might play out.
And if voters who like their healthcare saw Republicans as the people who took it away? They might--might possibly--vote against them. Now, even worse, these selfish people might also have loved ones (if a healthcare parasite can truly be said to have anyone who loves them)--and those people could possibly betray their nation and vote against Republicans too.
This is totally unfair.
But it could happen.
Now, admittedly, most right-thinking Republicans are flummoxed by this. After all, the disaster that is Obamacare has been well documented. For one thing, it's NOT lowering the number of uninsured people:
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A Canary In The Coal Mine: James Web And The Hillary Reversal
James Web of the YouTube channel Hot Lead Retired about his love of shooting guns. He's a life-long Republican and self-described hillbilly. He's pushing 50 and took a job that gave him a retirement package at that time so, after serving his 35 years, he could enjoy life. It sounds like a good plan--kinda--but a few days ago he
HOW COULD HE!??
Well, it turns out: she probably won't repeal Obamacare and so he won't have to go back to work for 15 years to keep his healthcare. This selfish perspective brought down a torrent of outrage from former allies and some slaps on the back--and some sneering--from former enemies. He recanted--apparently he'll vote 'R' and stop being a leech on our great nation--but he's still getting hate mail which he reads on YouTube.
Now Webb is an isolated incident--probably a brutally small minority: after all, most people in Republican states aren't getting Obamacare subsidies . . . Well, wait--actually, the opposite is true. Most red states didn't create their own exchanges. That's kind of weird.
What Happens Next?
The GOP move for preemptive damage control is a rational one--but it could not be more poorly timed. For an electoral base which has been promised again and again (and again--oh, baby) that there will be a full repeal, making moves to "extend" the subsidies in the face of a potential SCOTUS victory seems like not just snatching defeat from the jaws of victory but actually moving to prop open those jaws so they can't close in the first place: it's throwing the game.
And remember how the government shutdown was "delayed" with the "wait until we win the Senate" excuse? Yeah: the GOP won the Senate and then . . . no shutdown: Amnesty continued (or would have, if not for that meddling activist judge). In short, the temporary fix isn't all that convincing.
This is all, of course, because the GOP has never met a blind-alley of partisan politics it didn't like. The need to fight--to fight Obama--is paramount--above any actual policy or outcome concerns. When your highest order is to battle, you are necessarily going to get into fights you can't win.
This is one of them.