Obamacare Now Central To 2016 Election

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell, most signs point toward Obamacare becoming the defining issue in the 2016 election.  That puts Republicans in an advantageous position, as it’s a lot easier to propose and defend an alternative to Obamacare than to defend Obamacare.  Indeed, the Republican candidate who GOP voters — and then general-election voters — think is most able to lead on this issue, propose a winning alternative, and sign repeal legislation into law, is likely to become both the Republican nominee and the president.

Right after the Court’s ruling, President Obama predictably proclaimed that Obamacare “is here to stay.”  (He also said, “This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to.  In many ways, this law is working better than we expected it to” — an amazing statement.)  But outside of the imaginary world in which Obama lives, the centrality of Obamacare to the 2016 election is becoming clear.

The Wall StreetJournal’s Kim Strassel writes, “Now that the long months of waiting silently and expectantly for the court’s decision are over, debate on ObamaCare is about to explode in a way not witnessed since 2010.”  She observes, “GOP candidates now have a clear field to present the presidential race as another referendum on ObamaCare.  Only this time there will be no Romney-like nominee with a health-care history that tanks his ability to engage.”

 
 Source: The Weekly Standard
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