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A Word Not Uttered by Republican Officials at the Convention: Obamacare

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Ten years of using empty rhetoric about 'Obamacare' to rile up the rubes, and now the anti-ACA crusade ends not with a bang but with a whimper. Sure, the GOP will keep working behind the scenes to bring back pre-existing conditions, primarily by begging the courts to do it for them, but they won't talk about it anymore.

All that sabotage, all that pain inflicted on Americans in furtherance of a pointless anti-ACA obsession. All for nothing.

A Word Not Uttered by Republican Officials at the Convention: Obamacare
This week, Mr. Trump didn’t mention Obamacare at all in his convention speech. The word that rallied Republican voters for nearly a decade has barely been uttered. It came up precisely once during the convention, during a speech by Natalie Harp, a cancer survivor who is not an elected official.

In the 2012 and 2016 G.O.P. conventions, repealing Obamacare was a central, almost obligatory part of every political speech, a goal shared by every candidate, a priority of almost every Republican voter.
Republicans used the term Obamacare 23 times in 2012 and 13 times in 2016, during the prime-time evening hours (transcripts show no mentions of the Affordable Care Act at the 2012, 2016 or 2020 conventions). Speakers usually referred to it in calls for repeal. This year, there were no calls for repeal, just a claim from Ms. Harp that the Affordable Care Act caused expensive insurance premiums.
Republicans tried and failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act after gaining control of the White House in 2017 (they already controlled the House and the Senate). Their proposed replacement bill was deeply unpopular. And they lost control of the House in 2018 after a campaign in which Democrats hammered their health care record.
 

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Ten years of using empty rhetoric about 'Obamacare' to rile up the rubes, and now the anti-ACA crusade ends not with a bang but with a whimper. Sure, the GOP will keep working behind the scenes to bring back pre-existing conditions, primarily by begging the courts to do it for them, but they won't talk about it anymore.

All that sabotage, all that pain inflicted on Americans in furtherance of a pointless anti-ACA obsession. All for nothing.

A Word Not Uttered by Republican Officials at the Convention: Obamacare

That's because they think the entire country is as clueless as Trump's base is.

Too bad for them the smart people didn't forget about their decades-old promise of a great healthcare plan, including Trump's promises in 2016 and his promise of about 2 months ago to sign a great big beautiful plan.

The Dems need to push that failure 24/7 between now and November.
 

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Ten years of using empty rhetoric about 'Obamacare' to rile up the rubes, and now the anti-ACA crusade ends not with a bang but with a whimper. Sure, the GOP will keep working behind the scenes to bring back pre-existing conditions, primarily by begging the courts to do it for them, but they won't talk about it anymore.

All that sabotage, all that pain inflicted on Americans in furtherance of a pointless anti-ACA obsession. All for nothing.

A Word Not Uttered by Republican Officials at the Convention: Obamacare

Or SS, or Medicare, or DACA
 

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Ten years of using empty rhetoric about 'Obamacare' to rile up the rubes, and now the anti-ACA crusade ends not with a bang but with a whimper. Sure, the GOP will keep working behind the scenes to bring back pre-existing conditions, primarily by begging the courts to do it for them, but they won't talk about it anymore.

All that sabotage, all that pain inflicted on Americans in furtherance of a pointless anti-ACA obsession. All for nothing.

A Word Not Uttered by Republican Officials at the Convention: Obamacare

Expecting Congress to deal with Obamacare is a fool's dream. The Congressional Dems won't go for it under any circumstances and there are enough Republican Elites beholden to donors and lobbyists like the CoC who don't want Obamacare to go away. So yeah...it's not worth mentioning as a campaign issue. It's better to just leave it alone and let the battle be fought in the courts.
 

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That's because they think the entire country is as clueless as Trump's base is.

Too bad for them the smart people didn't forget about their decades-old promise of a great healthcare plan, including Trump's promises in 2016 and his promise of about 2 months ago to sign a great big beautiful plan.

The Dems need to push that failure 24/7 between now and November.
Im pissed today, if you haven’t noticed. ‘Where’s Waldo’ Biden?! No one cares about one sides’s safety-free rallies. Your state and ME are being overlooked by Biden & Co.

As you know, both states have overlapping Potus, Senate, House, Governor, and State chamber races. Stupid ****ing Democrats.

USNPL
 

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Expecting Congress to deal with Obamacare is a fool's dream. The Congressional Dems won't go for it under any circumstances and there are enough Republican Elites beholden to donors and lobbyists like the CoC who don't want Obamacare to go away. So yeah...it's not worth mentioning as a campaign issue. It's better to just leave it alone and let the battle be fought in the courts.

So what was Trump waiting for when the Repubs controlled Congress?
Oh, yeah, "It’s an unbelievably complex subject, nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”
 

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So what was Trump waiting for when the Repubs controlled Congress?
Oh, yeah, "It’s an unbelievably complex subject, nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

He didn't wait. He got the House to vote to repeal Obamacare and then got the Senate to vote on it. But guess what...that Republican Elite who knew he was dying turned his thumb down. How convenient for the other Republican Elites, eh?
 

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He didn't wait. He got the House to vote to repeal Obamacare and then got the Senate to vote on it. But guess what...that Republican Elite who knew he was dying turned his thumb down. How convenient for the other Republican Elites, eh?

Convenient for the entire GOP. That was one of the most unpopular bills in the history of legislation: Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill. Had they passed that, they wouldn't be able to try and slink away from their unpopular positions on health care, as they were able to do at their convention this week.

Trump got lucky his way failed. As, of course, did all the people he was trying to hurt.
 

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There were pressing matters to address — all important.

We can slice and dice all we want but the republicans won Trump re-election last night. Hats off to all involved with moving the narrative.
 

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There were pressing matters to address — all important.

Per Pew, 68% of registered voters say health care is important to their 2020 vote; it's second only to Trump's collapsed economy as the biggest issue this cycle.

And the GOP has no health care agenda, other than bringing back pre-existing conditions. Which doesn't poll very well.
 

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Perhaps people feel better in a world free of immediate danger...sort of healthcare in a bit.
 

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Perhaps people feel better in a world free of immediate danger...sort of healthcare in a bit.

A serious health risk is a danger for pretty much everybody. Particularly during the current uncontrolled public health emergency.
 
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