The last few elections saw Republicans attacking Obamacare, saying how awful it was and how it would ruin the economy and make people die and cause the earth to leave its orbit and careen into the sun. “It’s the worst thing to happen to America since slavery,” they actually said.
Here’s the funny thing: None of the bad stuff they predicted would happen actually happened. I know, right? Who would have thought that the Republicans had lied and exaggerated? Shocking.
The uninsured rate keeps dropping. Approval of Obamacare is at its highest. Insurance cost increases have even gone down. (Yeah, they’re still rising — they were doing that before Obamacare, you know, by huge numbers — but percentage-wise, they are not rising as fast as they were, and in some places they’ve even gone down.)
And the GOP knows this. That’s why they’ve finally stopped scheduling “repeal Obamacare” votes and why you don’t hear them talking about it any more.
I mean, it’s not like they had a real reason to be against it. Obamacare was, after all, originally a Republican plan. They liked the idea of keeping the insurance companies happy. It was called “Romneycare” at first, you know. They only opposed it because Obama supported it, because all that party knows how to do these days is to oppose anything the Democrats favor.
But that’s all in the past. Conservatives have always been against social progress, and they’ll scream and yell as they’re being dragged into the present but eventually they’ll shut up. They did the same thing with worker’s safety, minimum wage, child labor laws, racial integration, medicare, medicaid, environmental protection, voting rights, women’s rights, gay rights … (need I go on?)