Perspectives On What’s Ahead As Obamacare Is Dismantled
A selection of opinions on the future of the health law.
Real People Rely On Obamacare
In policy and political debates, we often forget the human impact of weighty choices. Abstract numbers, ideological arguments, “he said, she said” talking points and outright falsehoods — these are the currency of our public discourse. (Topher Spiro, 12/15)
The Washington Post:
The GOP Strategy To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obamacare Is A Joke
Politico’s lead headline today blares: “Democrats open to replacing Obamacare.” The story accompanying that headline is more nuanced than that. But it does raise the prospect that some Senate Democrats might be going wobbly about the coming battle over repeal and replace. And it points out that Dems might find themselves under pressure to acquiesce to Republicans in ways that would produce a terrible outcome. (Greg Sargent, 12/15)
Richmond Times Dispatch:
On Obamacare, Republicans Painted Themselves Into A Corner
Not so long ago, Republicans took unbridled delight in mocking President Obama’s assertion that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” under the Affordable Care Act. The mockery was justified. Millions of Americans found their health insurance canceled, or suddenly too expensive to maintain, thanks to the law. PolitiFact went so far as to dub the president’s assertion the Lie of the Year for 2013. But now Republicans might wish they had toned it down a notch. (12/15)
The Charlotte Observer:
Repeal Obamacare? But People Actually Like It!
Repeal Obamacare? Really? Repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is a well-known priority of President-elect Trump and Republicans in Congress, bolstered by Trump voters. But, while “yes or no” polling about the possible repeal of the ACA tells us something about Republicans’ antipathy to the law, more detailed polling questions reveal a complex picture. (Jessica Schorr Saxe, 12/15)