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Ramesh Ponnuru

GOP Split: What to Hate About Obamacare

They can't replace the Affordable Care Act if they can't agree on what's wrong with it.
Deep breaths.

Deep breaths.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Republicans dislike Obamacare: The party is unified on that issue. But they don't all dislike it for the same reasons, and their disagreements help explain their continued inability to figure out how to respond to a Supreme Court decision on the law that's expected by the end of June. 

Many of the Affordable Care Act's opponents, like many of its supporters, identify the law's core feature as the use of federal subsidies to help millions of people who had lacked health insurance to get it. They think the proposed Republican alternatives -- which also involve offering subsidies to help people buy insurance -- look awfully similar to this arrangement. "Obamacare lite" is their preferred disparagement.