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There is a great deal of press lately about the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, and, no mistake, it was botched, to our chagrin. Yet the reaction by Republicans continues to be bizarre. Even with the glitches they aren’t that heavily into ‘I told you so’ mode. Why not?

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I am sure opinions differ on why they aren't gloating and celebrating, but here is my theory.

I think Republicans aren’t saying I told you so because they still believe in the worst case scenario: that the Affordable Care Act will do exactly what Obama and Democrats hoped - provide reasonably priced, effective health care to large numbers of Americans previously steamrolled by a deck stacked against them.

If they believed it would fail as and in the ways THEY predicted and foretold, they would relax and sit back and let the catastrophe happen. But they aren’t doing that. They are still working the spin machine over capacity, they are still working with every ounce of energy they have to undermine and block the functioning of the new law.

Their behavior says they are still almost overcome with fear about the possible success of the law, that the public will come to understand its power and value, and that it could become totally impossible, politically, to undo it or undermine it, as has been true with Social Security all these decades.

I think that is why we aren’t seeing the smug smiles, the backing away from the lies and misrepresentations. If it really would fail as they predicted, they would LET it.

Republicans still believe more firmly in the prospects for the law than Democrats do. And they believe that everything is at stake.

It is.

May it help them along to permanent and ever-dwindling minority status!

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