Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum is undergoing treatment for cancer. So he takes seriously Republican threats to repeal Obamacare if they win in 2016:
“This is more personal for me than usual. Scary, too. There are no guarantees in life, and there’s no guarantee that MoJo will employ me forever. If I lose my job, and Republicans repeal Obamacare, I will be left with a very serious and very expensive medical condition and no insurance to pay for it. And I feel quite certain that Republicans will do nothing to help me out.
“Obviously lots of other people are in the same position, and have been for a long time. But there’s nothing like being in the crosshairs yourself to bring it all home. If Republicans win in 2016, my life is likely to take a very hard, very personal turn for the worse.”
But this is also why repeal won’t be viable, even if Republicans have the votes to do it in 2017.
It’s one thing to blame everything on Obamacare. The law isn’t designed to advertise its benefits, and people who have difficulties with health care will find it easy to blame the last big (highly controversial) reform. We still have no polling to confirm it, but I suspect that a shrinking minority of the millions who’ve become insured thanks to the law are even aware that “Obamacare” is the cause.
As Jonathan Chait describes the Republican health plan, it would “repeal all of Obamacare, replace its savings with $1 trillion in magic money, and then spend zero on subsidizing health insurance for the millions of Americans who would become uninsured.”