• Quote: A GOP strategy shift?

    Weeks ago, many Republicans said ObamaCare — including Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) — was too broken to fix. But now, the GOP is drafting legislation that aims to do just that. […]

    After their costly political strategy to defund ObamaCare, GOP lawmakers are more willing to support measures that will repair the president’s signature healthcare law, political science professor Jack Pitney said.

    “Republicans took a look at the polls. They finally realized that defunding ObamaCare was unpopular, but a measure like this [is] very popular. They realized that, despite all the brave talk, that the shutdown did not work to their advantage and now they are trying to get on the right side of public opinion,” he said. […]

    “Before [ObamaCare] went into effect, the only goal is to stop it, now the goal is still stop it, but I don’t want to treat people harshly,” veteran Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) explained.

    Molly Hooper, The Hill


    • This seems overly optimistic to me. Looks more like
      opportunistic sniping at unpopular parts of the bill. However, I
      hope I am wrong. If they really do start to take an interest in
      fixing the bill, in governing, there are a number of things that
      need to be fixed. Like many people, I have always seen the ACA as
      just reform 1.0. We need many modifications, and eventually a 2.0.

    • They are not proposing to improve the ACA. They are proposing to force the Democrats in congress into a series of votes on bills that would address problems in the ACA by dismantling it. Proposals to let you “keep your plan” would grandfather any plan that existed in 2013, thus blowing away the restrictions applied to plans that changed since 2010. They could well include provisions making the grandfathering meaningful, so that plans would not lose this status by making changes after 2012.

      They could void completely the HHS regulations that are forcing the cancellations.

      They could end the individual and employer mandates.

      They could eliminate the requirement that policies contain the essential elements that force single men to buy maternity coverage, for example.

      Each of these would address a problem with cost, accessibility, or the need to shop for and purchase a new and more expensive plan. But making these changes would completely gut the ACA. So the Democrats would be left with the choice of voting to keep the most problematic parts of the law as they are- and face the ire of voters. Or they can bail themselves out from the blame for the mess of the ACA, but in so doing put an end to the law itself.

      Republicans would rather the former, it would be better for the ’14 elections, but they would take the latter, since it would leave little of the ACA intact.