Senate Republican Admits GOP Fears ObamaCare Being Struck Down By Supreme Court (AUDIO)

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The Republican Party has been obsessed with killing Obamacare for years, but now they fear their obsession will come back to haunt them should the Supreme Court strike down healthcare subsidies in June.

During an interview with right-wing radio host Jay Weber last week, Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson admitted that the GOP is now scared of the guaranteed backlash they will face if ObamaCare subsidies are stripped away from the millions of Americans covered by the program.

The Supreme Court is set to decide King v. Burwell in June, and if the five conservative justices gut ObamaCare, Johnson predicts it could be a disaster for Republicans, because Democrats will use the ruling to club Republicans over the head in ads across the country that will infuriate those who lose their affordable health insurance because of the GOP.

“Unfortunately, President Obama’s response to an adverse decision — in other words one that actually follows the law — would be really simple. Just a one-sentence bill allowing people’s subsidies to flow to federal exchanges and/or offer the governors, ‘Hey, we know you got those federal exchanges. Just sign the bottom line. We’ll make those established by the state.’ And of course, he’ll have the ads all racked up with the individuals that have benefited from ObamaCare on the backs of the American taxpayer.”

Of course, ObamaCare actually saves taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars and saves them billions of dollars on their insurance. Furthermore, if Republicans were to repeal ObamaCare, it would actually cost taxpayers $210 billion.

Other than that, Johnson is correct when he says that Republicans would face an uproar that could bite them in the ass in 2016 and beyond, especially since House and Senate Republicans have no alternative to offer Americans who lose their subsidies. But Weber and Johnson also managed to insult the victims of such a court decision. To them, they are just “sad sacks” who care too much about people who die from not having affordable insurance.

After Johnson spoke about the forthcoming consequences of striking down ObamaCare subsidies, Weber said that the backlash would include people appearing in ads and in the media telling their “sad sack stories about who’s dying from what and why they can’t get their coverage.” Johnson’s reply? “Right.”

Here’s the audio via YouTube.

This is a strange way to talk about ObamaCare enrollees, considering that many who have benefited from subsidies are conservatives in red states. That’s right. Republicans would be hurting their own constituents if they succeed in killing subsidies. As Slate explains:

“A ruling against the government would not be a national disaster for Obamacare. It would be a disaster, to be sure, but basically only in red states in which conservative politicians might find it politically impossible to set up state-run insurance exchanges. Obamacare is doing just fine in the states that have established their own exchanges.”

Such a disaster means Republicans would face increased pressure and opposition in their home states because millions of red state residents are only able to get coverage through ObamaCare on the federal exchange. The loss of subsidies mean millions of conservatives will lose their newly gained insurance, and they’ll only have Republicans to blame, forcing the GOP to divert resources to hold their home turf instead of using it to gain inroads in blue states.

At this point, ObamaCare is like Medicare and Social Security. You can tweak it to make it more efficient and help more people, but God help the anti-government assholes who try to take it away from people, especially those who now understand that the program is a good thing, and that the Republicans were full of shit all along.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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