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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Imposing discipline on Republicans and health care

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2012 at 6:39 AM

I mentioned an item yesterday about the desire of some Republicans, even of the 'bagger variety, to retain some aspects of Obamacare should court or other action repeal it. Insurance for pre-existing conditions IS popular, though terribly expensive without a universally shared cost burden.

This apostasy will not stand if the interest groups running the Republican show — like Freedom Works and the Club for Growth — have anything to say about it.

Conservative advocates are displeased that Republicans are privately weighing a replacement plan that involves reinstating popular elements of the health care law — including its coverage guarantee regardless of pre-existing conditions, the ability to remain on a parent’s plan until age 26 and provisions that close the Medicare “doughnut hole.”

FreedomWorks and Club for Growth, two powerful conservative interest groups that are fresh off of purging the Senate’s longest-serving Republican for insufficient fealty to the right, are flexing their muscles.

“The Club for Growth supports complete repeal of Obamacare. And complete doesn’t mean partial. It means complete,” said Barney Keller, a spokesman for the group. “We urge the so-called ‘tea party’ Republicans to keep their promises to voters and continue to fight for complete repeal as well.”

If you are fortunate enough to have always been able to afford health care, good for you. If not, get a job. Or, as Mitt Romney might suggest, maybe your daddy could pay for it.

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