The GOP’s stupid crusade against Obamacare

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Trump’s latest effort to destroy Obamacare is particularly stupid

Has there ever been a more perverse use of time, energy, and taxpayer funds than the decade-long campaign to gut Obamacare? The Affordable Care Act was a mediocre law based on a conservative think tank’s proposal that provides a few bare protections for Americans — protections that every developed country in the world gives routinely.

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And it was a magnificent gift to Republicans. It got them off the hook for having to do real healthcare reform — the kind that really would socialize medicine. It made Democrats responsible for all the delays and horrors that still plague American healthcare. And it took the best Democratic campaign message off the table.

But Republicans simply refused to accept the gift. In act after act of nihilistic self-sabotage, Republicans have spent a decade trying to destroy Obamacare (70 attempts to repeal it in the House! 70!) And last night, the Trump administration did it again.

In the midst of a pandemic, as tens of millions of Americans lose jobs and health insurance, the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to annihilate the ACA. The Trump administration is joining a bunch of red states in arguing that the entire law must fall because the individual mandate no longer has any tax penalty attached to it.

Wiping out the law would endanger the insurance of …read more

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