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Insanity: Ted Cruz Still Thinks He Can Repeal The Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act, which recently beat its enrollment goals and has led to a significant reduction in the number of uninsured Americans, has come under fire again by the right. During a gathering in New Hampshire on Saturday, Republican hopefuls took shots at one another while also attacking the health care law.

Republican operative Mike Biundo, the individual behind Rick Santorum’s campaign, called the summit “the unofficial kickoff of the 2016 process.” The Saturday meeting saw a number of hopefuls jockeying for a position in the lime-light, including big names like Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, and Ted Cruz. Notably missing in attendance was Jeb Bush, who recently came under attack from Republicans for his position on immigration.

The speakers discussed a number of issues, ranging from the party’s problems with Hispanic voters to the party’s future, to Paul Ryan’s recent “budget.”

Donald Trump was on hand as well, apparently still managing to fool at least one person into believing he’s still a relevant political figure. Trump was just one of several speakers – including Rand Paul –  who seemed to be retreating from the broad, sweeping Ryan Budget, which the House recently passed but is generally regarded as nothing more than a political statement. Even Republicans acknowledge that the proposal has no chance of passing through both houses of Congress, and some conservatives have even criticized the austere provisions.

“His whole stance is to knock the hell out of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. I would leave it alone. I don’t want to hurt people,” Trump said.

Trump even echoed some of the Democrat’s concerns regarding the Ryan Budget, saying, “leave my Medicare alone.” Meanwhile, Ryan himself continued to defend his budget, claiming that the Republicans are, “unified around the common principals of the plan.” However, just last year Republicans made a promise not to cut Medicare in such a drastic way — so if the GOP is truly unified around Ryan’s plan, that signifies a major broken promise.

Meanwhile, Huckabee appeared to be embracing the proposal, in a plausibly deniable way; he thinks that it’s a “starting point,” but added: “There are a few things I would change.” What things are those? Not surprisingly, Huckabee wouldn’t comment on that — best not to commit to something that might prove to be unpopular too soon.

Of course, no discussion of the Republican Party anymore is complete without mentioning their near universal opposition to Obamacare. Never mind that Obamacare was their idea to being with. Ted Cruz, speaking to the crowd, said that Kathleen Sebelius resigning as a result of the rocky rollout of the ACA wasn’t enough: “We are going to repeal every word of Obamacare,” Cruz said.

Democratic National Committee spokesman Mike Czin noted that Republican opposition to the health care law was the foundation of the GOP’s unsuccessful political strategy in 2012. He said that the debate has changed considerably now that the law has been implemented and millions of people are enjoying its benefits.

“That’s a debate that we’re going to have, and we’re eager to have,” Czin said.

 

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