One of the main talking points of the Republican Party when it comes to Obamacare is that they are desperately trying to repeal a law that is wildly unpopular with Americans.
Republicans are attempting to give off an image of white knight-type do-gooders that are doing everything in their power to “save” the American public from the big bad Affordable Care Act.
Republicans often point to polling that shows that a majority of Americans oppose Obamacare.
However, what Republicans won’t tell you is why the majority of Americans oppose Obamacare.
A recent CNN poll found that 43% of Americans were in favor of Obamacare while 54% are opposed.
Republicans point to these types of polling numbers as clear evidence that they are doing the right thing for the American people.
However, what Republicans won’t tell you is that of those 54% that said they were opposed to the law, 16% said that they are opposed to the law because it doesn’t go nearly far enough (towards a single payer system).
So, in reality, 60% of Americans polled are either for Obamacare or think the law is not liberal enough, while only 35% of Americans think that Obamacare is too liberal.
This essentially means that only 35% of the American public would really be interested in giving the Republican Party the reins when it comes to the nation’s healthcare.
The rest of the nation is either for Obamacare or doesn’t think Obamacare is nearly liberal enough.
This is precisely why the GOP is having such a difficult time winning this argument against Obamacare, and why the nation, despite knowing full-well that by voting Obama back into office it would mean the full implementation of Obamacare, easily re-elected Obama and the Democrats also gained seats in both the House and Senate.
If such a huge portion of the population were so adamantly against Obamacare, as Republicans claim, wouldn’t Republicans have had an easy time winning the presidential election while also taking back control of the Senate?
There has always been one simple way for Republicans to repeal Obamacare and pass any healthcare law they would like, and that is by winning elections.
If the Republicans won the Senate majority and the Presidency in the last election they could have had a grand old time repealing any law they wanted to, but that didn’t happen.
The American public is rejecting Republican ideas when it comes to our nation’s healthcare system…which is precisely why the bulk of the blame will fall squarely on the shoulders of the Republican Party if there were to be a government shutdown over trying to stop a law that was passed by the House and Senate, signed by the President, upheld by the Supreme Court and essentially voted back in again when the American people re-elected Obama and gave the Democrats more seats in both the House and Senate.
With only 35% of the nation thinking that Obamacare is too liberal when it comes to our nation’s healthcare system…should it be any wonder that the majority of the nation is looking at the Republican Party in complete disbelief as they attempt to shut down the government over Obamacare?
To the Republican Party: It’s over, move on. You’ve lost the battle…and if you don’t want to lose the war and become a completely irrelevant party that can win nothing other than Congressional elections in tiny red districts, stop the madness.
One quality of any great leader is admitting when he or she is wrong and then leading their followers in a better direction.
People may not be thrilled with Obamacare, but the hard numbers would suggest that they are also not about to hand the healthcare reigns over to the Republican Party either.
Accept defeat, pick up the pieces and then begin asking the question – why is only 35% of the nation with us when it comes to healthcare?
Once Republicans can begin answering questions like this, they can actually begin to rebuild their party and once again become relevant on a national scale.
Shutting down the government over this single battle will just further sink a party that is already teetering on the edge of irrelevancy.
There is a large cliff sitting directly in front of the Republican Party. As of right now the entire party is heading directly towards that cliff…the big question is, will the party have enough sense to stop before it’s too late.
We will find out the answer to that question over the next two weeks.
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