So just why is the Republican Party so obsessed with killing Obamacare? Have you ever stopped to think about just why they’re so entrenched in their opposition to a law whose policy origins are on the conservative side of the political spectrum? After all, most liberals would still prefer a public, single-payer option, despite the fact that the Affordable Care Act does so much good for the uninsured and those with preexisting conditions. That being said, what’s up Republicans being willing to shut down the entire government to stop it?
Ezra Klein, who was filling in for Chris Hayes on “All-In with Chris Hayes” this week posited an interesting theory. Klein’s theory is that if the GOP really thought the law was going to fail as miserably as they claim to believe, they’d simply let it fail and use that failure to ride back into control of the Senate and the White House.
Klein, however, believes the reason the GOP is fighting so hard to tank Obamacare is because they actually believe it’s going to work and once Americans see it work they won’t be able to repeal it. Mr. Klein further posited that a government shutdown would only make any blame for problems with Obamacare’s implementation cast a negative light on those who shut the government down to try to stop it. Oh, and then there’s the fact that even if the government is shut down, Obamacare will continue to be implemented, so they can’t even really stop it from going forward anyway.
Said Klein, “So a government shutdown won’t stop Obamacare from being implemented, but it might mean that Republicans get blamed for some of the problems with implementation. And it might mean they’d lose the ability to benefit politically from the inevitable hitches in the roll-out.”