Republican lawmakers may slowly be coming around to the reality that many provisions of health care reform are not only popular but constitutional. Over the weekend even Tea Party darling Rep. Allen West (R-FL) expressed support for some of the key provisions including its coverage guarantee regardless of pre-existing conditions, the ability to remain on a parent’s plan until age 26 and the provisions that close the Medicare “doughnut hole.”
That would explain why conservative pressure groups FreedomWorks and Club for Growth issued new statements calling for the total repeal of the bill. They’re worried they’ve lost the fight. “The Club for Growth supports complete repeal of Obamacare. And complete doesn’t mean partial. It means complete,” said Barney Keller, a spokesman for the group. “We urge the so-called ‘tea party’ Republicans to keep their promises to voters and continue to fight for complete repeal as well.”
As Talking Points Memo reports, conservatives true natures are coming out in this battle.
Dean Clancy, who leads health care advocacy for FreedomWorks, said the group “would be very concerned about bills to resurrect parts of Obamacare.”
He said Republicans should take no responsibility for the broken system that would result.
“It would be the height of folly for Republicans to say, OK, this is our problem now,” he said. “It’s not the Republicans’ fault if 25-year-old slackers suddenly are dropped from mom and dad’s health insurance policy. It’s not the Republicans’ fault if various other provisions of Obamacare are no longer on the books. … The American people need to have a chance to reflect on the fact that the Democrats basically rammed an unconstitutional bill down their throat.”
That’s right all you graduates who can’t get a job because Republicans have killed them all off. The right thinks you’re nothing but a slacker anyways who likely deserves to get sick and then bankrupted by your health care bills and student loans.
The longer conservatives talk the clearer it is the only free market they believe in is a predatory one, and that is especially true when it comes to health care.
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