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North Carolina General Assembly speaker and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Thom Tillis explains why he likes a proposal from the state's Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr to replace Obamacare:
“It’s not a detailed set of legislation; it’s a direction that tries to embrace only a handful of things that Obamacare seems to have right, but takes things in a very different direction, particularly in relation to how people pay for it.”
But while Tillis is willing to praise Burr's plan—in part because he says it would "embrace" some of what Obamacare's got right—he's not willing to endorse it:
“I don’t think I need to come in with a plan,” he said in a recent interview. “I think we need to take a look at the ones that already exist and build on those.”
Tillis still faces a Republican primary, which explains the pickle he's in and why he won't firmly commit to one position or another. But aside from what Tillis's political squishiness says about his candidacy, think about what this means for Obamacare's future: A Southern Republican facing a contested primary for U.S. Senate is sufficiently afraid of coming out against the benefits of Obamacare that he's willing to publicly admit that there are some things he likes about the law.

I don't point to that in order to praise Tillis, but rather to illustrate another demonstration of Obamacare's political resiliency, especially now that it's actually rolling out. For all the bogus "Obamacare horror stories" that right-wing groups have been advertising lately, even Republican politicians know that the real Obamacare horror stories would come from a dismantling of Obamacare.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand this. Despite its rocky rollout, Obamacare has already hit four million enrollees. If Republicans repealed it, they would instantly generate four million horror stories. And no matter how much they talk about replacing it, they've yet to to come up with a viable alternative. Not surprisingly, only a tiny minority of Americans even want the GOP to try to replace Obamacare. Ultimately, Obamacare is here to stay. The only question is how long it will take for Republicans to try to claim credit for saving it.

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  •  Yup, be prepared for this some time during the (11+ / 0-)

    summer.

    The only question is how long it will take for Republicans to try to claim credit for saving it.
    Once we get past the primaries for this year's elections the message will be "We forced those evil Democrats to fix Obamacare!"

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 03:06:05 PM PST

    •  I figured it would happen, too (2+ / 0-)

      Republicans are going to spend the next several weeks trying to make sure everyone forgets about the 40 or more House votes to "repeal" "Obamacare." They will spend a couple of weeks running their pasty white butts to the front of the parade, then spend the last three months up until election day pretending they've been leading all along.

      And this brilliant strategy will have dismaying success as the chucktodds of the political chattering class simply let the Republicans lie, and the Democrats have already conceded that the Affordable Care Act is a massive failure because the web site didn't work flawlessly on Day 1.

      Unless some malcontents mess up the script . . .

    •  The Ronald Regan Freedom Eagle White America Act (2+ / 0-)
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      WorkinJoe, baldnbearded

      That's what they'll rename Obamacare.


      ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

      by NoFortunateSon on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 03:46:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  The President predicted that once Obamacare (1+ / 0-)
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        highpckts

        was up, running and successful, the Repubs would stop calling it "Obamacare."  In fact, he said he'd guarantee it.

        And the most disgusting part is that at least 25% of Republicans -- no doubt the loudest critics of it before its implementation -- will come to believe Obama had nothing to do with the ACA.  That's the same 25%, by the way, that somehow managed to delude themselves into believing that Mitt Romney  was responsible for taking out Osama bin Laden.  They just can't manage to give this President any credit for anything.  The racism -- it burns.

    •  Actually, the ACA as implemented owes a great (0+ / 0-)

      deal to the Mass health plan implemented under repub Gov Romney, and to a repub think tank.  I fear the message will be that those dumb democrats wanted socialistic, communistic, far too expensive medicare for all, but we republicans invented capitalist and smart and money saving ideas to improve health care in America, which the democrats are evilly taking credit for.  
      We must never NEVER allow them to forget all those House votes to defund the ACA.  EVERY republican who voted for those should have his vote hanging around his neck.  

    •  I was wondering why it'd been a little on the cool (0+ / 0-)

      side here lately. Hell freezing over indeed.

      I wish I had stocks in aluminium these days. All that foil would be a great investment opportunity.

      by Ceri Cat on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:43:23 PM PST

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  •  this is just politics, has nothing to do with (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    Resilience in Obamacare. He can't come out and tell millions he plans to kick college kids off plans of parents, start allowing denials of pre existing conditions,  or allowing coverage caps yearly and lifetime, but he will certainly do it when given power. These folks a craven when it comes to sucking on the ignorance of others and preying on it.

  •  So look at the plans and build on them then (0+ / 0-)

    Why would you wait to do that when you're in office?  

  •  Do the Kochs know about this? n/t (0+ / 0-)


    ODS results in Obama's amazing ability to humiliate his biggest critics, on the right and the left.

    by NoFortunateSon on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 03:49:01 PM PST

  •  You can take my Obamacare from my cold, dead hands (5+ / 0-)

    Actually, it's BCBS, not Obamacare, but the ACA made it possible. I have two pre-existing conditions. I have real health insurance for the first time since I left government employment nearly two decades ago. It's not cheap (I don't qualify for a subsidy), but it will save me more than two grand a year. At minimum. As a person with diabetes, I can finally afford to test my blood sugar more than once a day. I have a real doctor. I can afford insulin. I have access to a team of professionals who can help me to live longer and better and with much less anguish.

    Earth will survive. Humanity? Earth doesn't really care. Don't take it personally.

    by dpwks on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 03:52:05 PM PST

    •  Always good to hear another person getting the (0+ / 0-)

      care they need, not what the insurance companies want to give them.
      Sadly depending on your level of insulin dependence your sentiment could be factual, depressing thought. :-(

      I wish I had stocks in aluminium these days. All that foil would be a great investment opportunity.

      by Ceri Cat on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:46:58 PM PST

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  •  I don't pay much attention. (1+ / 0-)
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    historys mysteries

    I just look at the pictures of the candidates and decide. In this case, Yep, Tillis is a dick because he looks like a dick.

  •  These polls are incongruous. (1+ / 0-)
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    NM Ray

    Or maybe it's the voters.  They agree with every plan of the Democrats and know that Republicans have stopped every plan from being realized.  But they think the country is on the wrong track and plan to vote for Republicans.  Somebody is either suffering from cognitive dissonance or lying to the pollsters.  My money's on cognitive dissonance, and I have no idea how to fight a mental condition like that.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 04:22:23 PM PST

    •  Too much Limbaugh and Faux (0+ / 0-)

      Telling them every day, all day long, that what they think is totally wrong!

      My wife, daughter and granddaughters should have more privacy in their doctor's office than I have buying another rifle or shotgun.

      by NM Ray on Sat Mar 01, 2014 at 07:34:54 AM PST

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  •  Pish posh (0+ / 0-)

    If Tillis were to get elected he would fall into line with the rest of the Republiclowns. Don't be fooled by the words coming out of his mouth. Tillis will say only enough to get elected, then make a hard right turn. There aren't enough brain cells to go around for all the Republiclowns. They share one brain. The only standouts among them is how ridiculously stupid they can sound on their own.

  •  Maybe Hell Has Frozen Over (0+ / 0-)

    Now that a Republican has actually said that there are some things the ACA did right.  Of course if you're talking about Hell, Michigan, they had a high of -7° C and a low of  -20° C today, so it's safe to say that has, indeed, happened.

    •  I live in Australia, it's been cooler than normal (0+ / 0-)

      the last week. We haven't quite frozen over yet though down here.

      I wish I had stocks in aluminium these days. All that foil would be a great investment opportunity.

      by Ceri Cat on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 08:48:49 PM PST

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  •  Umm, okay. (2+ / 0-)
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    ScottZ, highpckts

    “I don’t think I need to come in with a plan,”

    That's the marching song of the GOP.  They are simply against everything, and especially everything that is proposed or supported by the President....that "Black Man in the White House."  If the President supported a bill that said Wednesday follows Tuesday, they'd be against it.

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