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Republicans Who Secretly Love Obamacare

Albert R. Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist. He was the executive editor of Bloomberg News, before which he was a reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor at the Wall Street Journal.
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Here's a conundrum for Republicans this year: The Affordable Care Act remains unpopular, especially with the Republican base, but as the law has taken effect a number of provisions are embraced by voters.  

Republican candidates across the country, facing this contradiction, have a solution: repeal Obamacare, but keep the popular parts. Never mind this isn't possible; if you get rid of the whole the parts go, too, and few political opponents have proposed an alternative.

Instead, here's the pitch from prominent Republicans:

  • Ohio Governor John Kasich says get rid of Obamacare but keep the bills' expansion of Medicaid assistance to the states.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to repeal the act but keep the popular exchange in his home state of Kentucky, which depends on the federal law.
  • New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown, who initially won an upset Senate seat in neighboring Massachusetts running against Obamacare (he was defeated two years later) still wants the law repealed, but said he supports allowing families to keep their children on policies as young adults.
  • Oregon Senate nominee Monica Wehby, a doctor, wants to see the Affordable Care Act repealed, but not the part that bans insurance companies from discriminating against pre-existing conditions.

So far there's little indication these contradictory positions are hurting any with voters. Kasich, for example, is headed to an overwhelming re-election victory.

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Albert R. Hunt at ahunt1@bloomberg.net

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