The 2014 budget to be unveiled this week by House Republicans will re-open a GOP drive to repeal President Barack Obama’s health-care law, an uphill battle that some Republicans nonetheless see as worth fighting. [...]Of course, as the Congressional Budget Office has pointed out, repealing the Affordable Care Act will increase the deficit, not shrink it. But that's not really it. Ryan knows that. Republicans know that. They have known that for a while. So why, knowing that, and knowing that their fantasy of a repeal will never get past a Democratic Senate nor President Obama's veto pen, are they doing this? Market Watch thinks it's residual conservative power:
Ryan said over the weekend that repeal should happen. “This is what budgeting is all about,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s about making tough choices to fix our country’s problems. We believe Obamacare is a program that will not work.”
But the House budget chairman’s drive to toss out the law, coupled with efforts by some senators to de-fund the law, indicate the staying power of conservative opposition to the 2010 law signed by Obama.I'm sure some of that is true. But I have an alternate theory. After all, the last election saw right wing fringe power devastatingly defeated as a new American majority emerged. Paul Ryan ran, as part of a ticket in last year that wanted to repeal the ACA. They lost. Badly. Sorry, Paul, but the sooner you accept that reality, the better.
This isn't the residual power of the right wing moonbats. It's their last gasp. By October of this year, the exchanges will be set up. Beginning next year, people will be able to get covered, with subsidies if needed, and without the fear of being rejected for a pre-existing health condition. Republican governors are already fighting each other for the expanded Medicaid money. This is the wingnut movement's last chance to take a whack at Obamacare's caricature. Soon enough, nearly every American will be able to see the positive impact of the Affordable Care Act, and there will be no way to take it away.
This is the Republicans' last ditch effort to remind their crazy base that they are with them, without catching the ire of every day Americans the way Paul Ryan's kill-Medicare plan did. This is the last hurrah of the bankrupt philosophy that seeks to leave the individual citizen to fend for themselves while the government scratches the backs of the most profitable industries.
Paul Ryan's budget tomorrow should be fun to watch, but for now, he might want to remind himself why he is still a Congressman from Wisconsin and not the Vice President of the United States.