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April 25, 2013 5:03 PM They Might Think We’re For Socialized Medicine!

By Ed Kilgore

Now here’s a fresh angle on the demise of Eric Cantor’s high-risk pool funding bill. It’s not just that it was opposed by the Heritage Foundation and the Club for Growth. And it’s not just that it was a bit boneheaded to begin with to think that people with pre-existing conditions would smile on the GOP for substituting access to inadequate and expensive insurance policies for Obamacare’s flat ban on denials of coverage. According to TPM’s Sahil Kapur, there was another factor: House Republican freshmen were whining that they hadn’t had enough opportunities to register their hatred of Obamacare before addressing positive alternatives:

At a Wednesday panel organized by the Heritage Foundation, conservative Republicans lamented that it’s been too long since they had the opportunity to vote to wipe out the Affordable Care Act in its entirety — and that the newest members haven’t had the chance yet.
“We need to get a vote on full repeal, and I’ve asked leadership for this. I’m a cosponsor of Michele Bachmann’s bill … that just goes straight at it for full repeal,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), the chairman of the influential and deeply conservative Republican Study Committee. “We need to continue fighting for repeal. We need a clean vote on repeal.”
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) urged leadership to hold a repeal vote so freshman members can serve up the same anti-Obamacare talking points for their conservative constituents that more senior Republicans enjoy.
“If you’re a freshman — the guys who’ve been up here the last year, we can go home and say listen, we voted 36 different times to repeal or replace Obamacare. Tell me what the new guys are supposed to say,” he said. “We haven’t had a repeal or replace vote this year.”

Wow. Not a single congressional Republican voted for Obamacare. It was demonized constantly by every available Republican during the last two election cycles. And congressional Republicans have voted to repeal it 36 times. But these dudes are apparently afraid that voters have somehow forgotten or missed the fact that Republicans oppose Obamacare.

I know they favor restricting the franchise, but I never realized exactly how much contempt a lot of GOP pols have for the intelligence of voters.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • David Martin on April 25, 2013 5:47 PM:

    Could Republican members of Congress hold an anti-Obamacare bonfire on the Capitol grounds, with perhaps a music act or two and a few readings from the Bible and Founding Fathers?

  • c u n d gulag on April 25, 2013 6:22 PM:

    "...but I never realized exactly how much contempt a lot of GOP pols have for the intelligence of voters."

    Uhm, Ed, maybe there's a reason for that?

    Most grifters have contempt for the suckers, rubes, fools, marks, bobo's, stooges, morons, idiots, and imbeciles, who they seperate from their money.

    But, for all of that contempt, it doesn't stop them from taking their money.

    And it never stops the suckers, rubes, fools, marks, bobo's, stooges, morons, idiots, and imbeciles, from asking the grifter's when they're going to come back, and let them play the game again.

  • emjayay on April 25, 2013 6:33 PM:

    One thing good politicians (meaning those that got elected, say to Congress) everywhere possess is a pretty good idea of the intelligence of the voters. By voters of course I am referring to 51% of the voters in their district.

  • Doug on April 25, 2013 7:01 PM:

    If they're not on record as voting *against* Obamacare, they risk being primaried as some sort of radical, leftist comsymp of a moderate Republican at the next primary!
    Then there's the money-raising aspect...

  • latts on April 25, 2013 7:50 PM:

    Ed, your last sentence would make more sense if the voters the GOP wanted to restrict were the stupid ones... unfortunately, the real idiots are their own base.

  • Mark_NC on April 26, 2013 10:22 AM:

    What emjayay on April 25, 2013 6:33 PM: said!

    They KNOW their voters have the IQ of a light bulb and the memory of a hamster.

  • Qalice on April 26, 2013 1:01 PM:

    But GOP politicians ARE GOP voters! Whatever intelligence they ever had is dribbling out their ears as we watch, and they consider innumerable votes against Obamacare the greatest public service they can render. They don't do policy; they wouldn't if they could. They don't know how to run the country, or even a committee. They only know how to hate liberals (and Obama!!!) and yell and scream. The fact that they are one of the only two real political parties this country has is getting scarier every day.