Republicans are loudly proclaiming right now that they want to eliminate the part of the law that forces everyone to buy insurance. But that's exactly the part of the law that insurance companies like. In fact, they want to see it strengthened. At the same time, they want to get rid of the popular parts of the law that keep insurance companies from figuring out ways to screw patients. But those are the provisions that Republicans say they'll keep if we turn over Congress to them.
And yet, the insurance companies are massively funding Republicans this cycle anyway. Why would that be? It's almost as if they're sure that Republicans are just blowing campaign smoke and will support their agenda once they're safely in office.
Good call. Meanwhile, as for my prognosticating...I was surprised at how little emphasis the GOP put on the individual mandate before the bill passed. Since ACA became law, I've expected their opposition to center not on the mandate, but on anything bad that happens to anyone that is in any way related to health care, insurance, doctors, hospitals, whatever. There's been some of that, but my impression (granted, without any kind of careful study) has been that the emphasis has been on the mandate, and especially on the (bogus, in my view) constitutional arguments against it, along with general anti-government rhetoric. So if my impression of that is correct, then my earlier prediction is generally wrong, so far. But I don't know. Those of you who are seeing campaign ads this year -- what arguments are Republicans and their allies using most often against ACA?