Well that didn't happen.
Do you remember conservatives pleading like hungry kittens that Obamacare was going to cost more than we were told?
Well that didn't happen either.
What did happen is that a lot more people got insurance and a lot of lives were saved. Enough in fact that Republican leaders do not want Obamacare to be an issue in the 2016 election.
As you may or may not know, the direct subsidies that put the "affordable" in the Affordable Care Act are in serious danger from this randomly bogus lawsuit. Insurance exchange customers in states like Florida that didn't create their own exchanges face the loss of the subsides they depend on.
So now Republicans who voted 50-something times to repeal Obamacare are moving to preserve it!
The Senate's top five Republican leaders have cosponsored legislation to extend until 2017 the Obamacare insurance subsidies that may be struck down by the Supreme Court this summer.Will their Tea Party base be smart enough to see through this transparent duplicity? All bets are off!
The legislation, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of the most politically vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2016, would maintain the federal HealthCare.gov tax credits at stake in King v. Burwell through the end of August 2017.
The bill was unveiled this week with 29 other cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his four top deputies, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). Another cosponsor is Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), the chairman of the conference's electoral arm.
Such a move would seek to protect the GOP from political peril in the 2016 elections when Democrats would try to blame the party for stripping subsidies — and maybe insurance coverage — from millions of Americans in three dozen states. A defeat for the Obama administration in a King ruling would likely create havoc across insurance markets and pose a huge problem for Republicans, many of whom have been pushing the Supreme Court to nix the subsidies.
"This bill is a first step toward reversing the damage that Obamacare has inflicted on the American health care system," Johnson said.
Happy weekend folks and remember to live and love!