Republicans are having a hard time at home this break, now that they have to answer for those 50-plus repeal votes of a law that seems to be working out pretty well right now. That's captured perfectly by ThinkProgress, which brings us Florida Rep. Dennis Ross's latest town meeting.
CONSTITUENT: You’ve voted to repeal it approximately 50 times. Had zero votes on a replacement. So my question is, why do you think it is so good to deny seniors on Part D to make them pay more, about $4,000 more for medicine, and people with pre-existing conditions get denied insurance, have 26-year-olds have a harder time getting insurance because they can’t get on their parents’? Why do you think those are good ideas?Ross actually does have some health care legislation, not that it's going anywhere. He wants more Health Savings Accounts, a solution only a banker could love. That's not going to answer any of his constituent's concerns about increasing access to coverage. Or about how repealing the Medicare Part D provisions would hike seniors' prescription costs. That's not a replacement plan.
ROSS: I don’t. I think one of the most unfortunate things my party did the last three years was not offer an alternative to health care. I’ve always felt that way. I think it’s absurd when I tell people that this isn’t what you should do, but I don’t have an alternative for you.
Republicans still thank they can run—and win—on Obamacare repeal in 2014. If that's going to happen, they're going to have to come up with a much better answer than this.