When Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) declared passing the Affordable Care Act to be “armageddon,” there was nowhere for the Republican Party to go but into absolute absurdity. And they have.
House Republicans took what is estimated to be their 40th vote to repeal all or some of the Affordable Care Act on Friday. But it’s outside the halls of Congress where their remarkable campaign to sabotage a law that’s already covering millions and saving lives has thrived.
You know about the blatant obstruction engineered by Republican governors and legislators — including refusing to set up health insurance marketplaces or expand Medicaid, even though the federal government is funding, at first, 100 percent of the expansion.
But the unprecedented effort to oppose and destroy the first attempt to cover nearly all Americans with health insurance — because we already pay for each other’s health care in the dumbest way possible — is a guerrilla war, being fought every day, across the United States.
And though Republicans probably won’t succeed in preventing the implementation of most of the law in 2014, they’ve already made an already difficult task much more difficult in these five ways.