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article imageBoehner: 'Obamacare is the law of the land'

By Eliana Robinson     Apr 28, 2014 in Politics
After more than 55 failed attempts by the House, Speaker John Boehner finally conceded that Obamacare is here to stay. Boehner’s admission comes only three weeks after he vowed the House would continue to try to repeal the law.
Admittedly, the new healthcare law and its implementation came with controversy, confusion, and lawsuits. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commonly known as Obamacare has had to fight an uphill battle with Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people. Its battles are reminiscent of the 1965 Medicare Act, which suffered through more than 500 amendments before being passed by a Democratic majority in Congress. In 1965, seventy House Republicans joined 237 Democrats in voting for it; while in the Senate, 13 in the GOP members joined 57 Democrats. In this case Republicans acquiesced, because they did not want the backlash from opposing such a well-liked bill. Ironically, it did not stop them from impugning Johnson as a communist and a socialist, while they called for his impeachment. Yet, like Medicare, the tide on Obamacare began to turn.
Despite all of the grumblings, Americans started to accept that they, like most developed nations, would have a national healthcare program. The final enrollment numbers reached over 7.5 million Americans, surpassing even the most hopeful expectations. Kathleen Sebelius stepped down, taking her place as the sacrificial lamb amid ongoing criticism, despite the rebound of enrollment numbers. President Barack Obama has more than two years in office and during that time Obamacare will not be repealed.
Those 55 congressional votes could have been used to create safety nets for the growing numbers of young people with autism, to relieve the backlog at the Veteran’s Administration, or to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The abysmal approval rating of Congress seems to have finally struck a chord with representatives on both sides of the aisle. Any vote that does not move the American people in a positive direction, simply serves to hold the country back. No one in Congress can afford to forget that this is an election year.
Boehner’s new tone seems to indicate that Republicans have begun to realize that the American people have much more pressing matters than fighting battles that have already been lost.
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