After five years of unsuccessfully attacking the Affordable Care Act, Washington Republicans should stop fighting a law that is working.
THE true winners of Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act are 6 million-plus Americans receiving subsidies to pay for health insurance.
Yet the ruling only further riled up Obamacare’s critics who want to repeal the law — disappointingly, some are in Washington state’s own congressional delegation. This wrongheaded opposition needs to stop.
GOP opponents of Obamacare contend they can do a better job of reforming health care. But instead of presenting proposals, they are focused on gutting President Obama’s landmark legislation.
Washington state’s four Republican U.S. representatives plan to keep fighting the Affordable Care Act. They are U.S. Reps. Dave Reichert of Auburn, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas.
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Among other things, they maintain that the law has made insurance premiums go up, decreased access to insurance and in general hurt Americans.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling does not change the fact that Obamacare continues to hurt hard working American families and businesses,” Reichert said in a statement. These claims are tone deaf.
Last March, McMorris Rodgers put out a call to her constituents on Facebook for testimonies on negative experiences with Obamacare. Instead, her public comment thread was flooded with thousands of anecdotes from people who received medical care they previously couldn’t afford or access.
It’s time these lawmakers recognize that the law is working and think of how to move forward and not simply bash the Affordable Care Act.