Repeal of ObamaCare Is Going to Backfire on GOP

Eugene Robinson: Turns out, a lot of people actually like it
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2011 11:40 AM CST
House Speaker John Boehner on Capitol Hill Thursday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – House Republicans predicted they'd get scores of Democratic defectors in the vote to repeal health care reform, a sign of the "will of the people" to overturn the legislation, writes Eugene Robinson. Yeah, not so much: Not a single Democrat switched. "This is momentum?" Robinson asks in the Washington Post. Turns out, most Americans actually like many of the changes.

They "look forward to the day when no one can be denied insurance coverage because of preexisting conditions," he writes. "They like the fact that young adults, until they are 26, can be kept on their parents' policies. They like not having yearly or lifetime limits on benefits." Republicans would probably love to change the subject at this point, but "they're already in too deep," writes Robinson. The kicker: Given the real will of the people, "the GOP is going to have to design something that looks a lot like Obamacare."

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