Much has been made of recent comments from two prominent Republicans, both of whom appear to suggest that the GOP may need to shift its approach in opposing the president’s unpopular healthcare overhaul. Has ‘full repeal and replace’ be a relic of the past? Let’s review the quotes. The first comes from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a member of House Republican leadership:
With the news this week that more than 600,000 Washington residents have acquired new health care plans through the state exchange, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said it’s unlikely the Affordable Care Act will be repealed. “We need to look at reforming the exchanges,” the Eastern Washington Republican said Thursday. McMorris Rodgers has been part of the Republican leadership in the House that has voted multiple times to repeal parts or all of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. GOP members have said the law is unworkable, will increase costs for some and force others into inadequate coverage or plans they don’t want. McMorris Rodgers continued those criticisms Thursday, but said the framework established by the law likely will persist and reforms should take place within its structure. “It is a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach to health care,” she said. Consumers should have more choice for their coverage, and Democrats should abandon the idea that everyone will enroll because of the mandate, McMorris Rodgers added. The congresswoman also said that the 85 percent of enrollees who received Medicaid coverage is a sign the program is not sustainable and many will receive subpar care.
Up next is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Tea Party favorite, who’s raised eyebrows with a number of recent political analyses. Et tu, Senator?