Today GOP House members began the process of unraveling the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"), which has enabled millions of previously uninsured Americans to have access to health care. This is all part of the continuing Republican effort to rip apart the safety net without regard to the human cost.
If we were to ask what Jesus would do (a question you hear more often in Republican precincts), it would not be this.
But hey. As we know, Republicans promise to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. So far they have only enthused about the repeal part, as they have no ideas or strategy for replacing it. Indeed, keeping all the popular parts -- no exclusion for pre-existing conditions, children's coverage on parental plans until the age of 26, and no lifetime caps on coverage -- requires the subsidies and mandates that have proven so unpopular.
Or: You can't have your cake and eat it too. What we will end up seeing, after all the political theatrics, is a "new" health care plan that looks a lot like what President Obama already figured out seven years ago. Republicans will proclaim triumph even after doing nothing at all. Even Orwell would be stunned.