Many conservatives are still concerned with Obamacare, and desire to have it repealed.In response, some Republican lawmakers are trying to pass a reconciliation bill that essentially removes the current law and replaces it with a new one. This new bill, conservative lawmakers hope, will fly through Congress and land on the president’s desk. Once there, conservatives hope that he will be forced to repeal it. Zeca Oliveira suggested both the Republican’s conservative base and the lawmakers have it all wrong: they should begin to embrace Obamacare; if they attempt to repeal it millions of Americans could be without health insurance. Republicans need to either accept the law, or attempt to advance an alternative.
As it stands, the Supreme Court could decide soon enough in King v. Burwell that many subsidies are unconstitutional, and many Americans could lose them even without the Republicans attempting to destroy the law. Certainly, if they did so they would lose the 2016 presidential election thanks to their misguided efforts. Instead, the Republicans should propose a law that does not tax those who do not have insurance, and also include a provision that allows choice with doctors.