The clown car caucus needs a new windmill:
After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.
GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform.
Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law’s key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government assistance to help consumers purchase insurance.
And although the law remains very unpopular with GOP voters, more than 20 million Americans now depend on it for health benefits, making even some of the most conservative Republicans loath to cut off coverage.
Facing the prospect that the Supreme Court this year could strip away insurance subsidies provided through the law in most states, several GOP lawmakers have proposed extending the aid, perhaps even until a new president takes office.
Not only have they given up trying to repeal it after 50+ votes, they are now afraid of a backlash if their wet dream at the Supreme Court comes through. Although, they do have one
exceedingly popular laughable option they could pin their hopes on should the slow motion right wing junta in the Supreme Court give them their old wish:
In 2008, while Democrats were declaring that the time was right for national health care reform, Marco Rubio, the speaker of the Florida House, had a ready response: Florida should build a market-based system that would help contain the cost of insurance and make it more available.
Rubio pushed his no-mandate health insurance exchange, dubbed Florida Health Choices, through the state Legislature that year. “It’s about competition, it’s about choice, and it’s about the marketplace,” he told The Palm Beach Post at the time.
Florida Health Choices, which finally opened last year, now covers 80 people.
Obamacare, which Rubio wants to repeal, covers 1.6 million in Florida alone. And 93 percent of them are subsidized.
Eighty people. That’s fewer than the 106 Republicans in the Florida House and Senate alone. To give you another comparison, it’s a safe bet at least 80 people in Florida were arrested last week for trying to have sex with a tree while screaming about chemtrails and high on meth.
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