After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act Thursday, a stunned GOP establishment reacted by saying that Congress would repeal Obamacare.
“Today’s decision makes one thing clear: Congress must act to repeal this misguided law,” declared the Senate’s Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
Perhaps it was a clarion call to the GOP based in the hope that the rank and file would be so incensed by the decision of the highest court that they would flock to Republican candidate Mitt Romney like bees to honey in November.
That indeed is their best bet to demolish the law of the land.
Congressional Republicans must know that they alone cannot undo the Affordable Care Act next year. It would be like rolling a giant rock up a steep hill. It is mere posturing.
Repeal could happen if Republicans manage to get 60 seats in the Senate this fall. Chances of that happening are infinitesimal.
They will get another shot at reaching the magic number in the fall of 2014. And for a moment, let’s assume they do get there and repeal becomes a possibility in 2015.
How well would the American public, having lived under Obamacare for a whole year, react to the following message from the GOP?
People with preexisting conditions have to get used to the idea of not being covered by insurance and young people get ready to be uninsured again.
All I have to say to Congressional Republicans with the repeal message in 2015 is good luck.