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  •  they don't need to replace it. (0+ / 0-)

    They don't need to even repeal it.

    But they do need to run against it in order to fire up the Republican base for November. That's why they're continually threatening to repeal it.

    Indeed, it's better if the law remains intact through Obama's presidency, so that the Republicans can continually make futile attempts to repeal it. This will work the wingnut base up to a fever pitch by giving them a target for their hatred, and keep the Republicans' voting demographic fully stoked and energized for 2016.

    The ACA will not be repealed even if the Republicans gain control of both the WH and Congress. It's served its purpose: to secure a captive market for the insurance industry. Why would they ever repeal that? The Republicans will simply build on the foundation that Obama laid in order to complete the privatization of American health care.

    The Republicans haven't bothered with actual governance for decades now. They've never needed to. Whenever they've gotten into power, it's been through slick PR, stoking bigotry and prejudice, and a heavy dose of cheating, never through promising good governance or even having a semi-credible plan.

    Criticizing them for not having any ideas is a futile exercise. It's not like the Democrats are offering such fantastic alternatives, with their convoluted plan that merely shifts costs around, giving potential future benefits to some, denying benefits to others, allowing the GOP umpteen opportunities to sabotage things, while handing over oodles and oodles of government cash to the insurance industry.

    The Republicans are giving their base the red meat they crave, while the Democrats are offering the usual milkwater bromides and mealy-mouthed excuses for why they were able to do so little over the last five years.

    Better hope that having Elizabeth Warren talking about shaving a few dollars off student loans is going to motivate enough people to come out. Because the Republican whackjobs will be out in force in November, all riled up about the ACA, guns, homosexuality, Muslims--the usual bugbears. And it's going to take a lot of undecideds voting Dem in order to swing it for us.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:46:41 AM PDT

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