For John, BLUF: The Democrats think that repeal of "Obama Care" will hurt the Republicans in the 2018 elections. I think they could be wrong. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is the sub-headline:
The fastest way to lose Congress is by not repealing ObamaCare.This is the Editorial Writers of The Wall Street Journal.♠ This is from earlier in the week. Here is the lede plus one:
Barack Obama emerged from his short-lived political retirement on Sunday to call on Members of Congress to show the “political courage” to preserve ObamaCare. But wait. That plea doesn’t square with the deluge of recent stories predicting that Republicans have doomed their majority in 2018 by voting last week to repeal ObamaCare. How does it take “political courage” to oppose something that everyone claims is politically suicidal?I think the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal are correct to the extent they say that the Republican Base is expecting the Republicans in do the repeal and replace of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Perhaps because the predictors of Republican doom could be wrong. The midterm election is still 18 months away, and many events will intervene that could influence the result. But even if the campaign does turn on repealing ObamaCare, we’d argue that the politics are better for Republicans if they pass their reform and fulfill a campaign promise than if they fail and then duck and cover.
For the Republicans in Congress to back off will hurt them in 2018.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The WSJ has a firewall, but this seems to be the firewall free version.