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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

5 Reasons The GOP’s Obamacare Sabotage Will Have To Get Even More Desperate

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House Republicans are prepared to confront the very serious issue of data breaches to HeathCare.gov — breaches that have never occurred.

Why would Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) be hyping a problem that doesn’t exist? He could be trying to sow fear in the public in an effort to drive down enrollments in health insurance, as MSNBC’s Steve Benen has posited.

Or it could be simply that this is the best they’ve got to continue their never-ending siege on the effort to reform the United States’ broken, costly and cruel health care system.

Despite the GOP’s unprecedented and contemptible sabotage of Obamacare, the most successful attempt at undermining health care reform came from the Obama administration itself.

The flawed rollout of HealthCare.gov shook the public’s confidence in the Affordable Care Act more than any of the various holes the right tried to poke in the law. Of course, the fact that every Republican-led state in the union refused to set up a health care exchange — in hopes of destroying the law — compounded the crisis. But even Democratic-led states like Oregon and Maryland produced exchanges that failed to meet basic expectations.

It a took a screwup of historic magnitude to force the public’s attention on the law’s implementation. Still, even at the peak of the HealthCare.gov crisis, when it was being argued that the site would never work and might possibly suck President Obama inside it Tron-style, the public never supported repealing the law when presented with an opportunity to fix it. A majority of Americans has consistently been in favor of the law — or something more liberal.

The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent outlined “The Three Stages of Obamacare Acceptance.” By his assessment, the GOP is in stage one with “a dim awareness that there might be some good elements in the law, and that the public might not support returning to the old system.” (That’s also known as “recognizing they have a real problem.”)

Here are five reasons that you should expect increasingly desperate stunts from Republicans as they continue doing their best to sabotage Obamacare.

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