Cynthia Tucker: Animosity Towards Affordable Care Act Is Hard To Fathom:
Republicans are apparently willing to throw the American economy over the cliff… just to keep Rena from being able to buy affordable health insurance…. Having listened to the inflammatory, paranoid and highly creative debate over Obamacare since 2009, having witnessed countless Tea Party rallies and heard numerous critics outline the law’s alleged dangers, I still don’t understand the motives of its most deranged adversaries…. Here in the United States, conservatives have railed against an expanding social safety net at least as far back as Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal…. The campaign to create Medicare brought similar warnings of dire consequences… Ronald Reagan insisting that it would put the country on the slippery slope to socialism…. As you know, none of those dire predictions came to pass, and both Social Security and Medicare are wildly popular….
Among conservative intellectuals, it’s popular to pretend that Republicans will eventually replace Obamacare with a much better program that would promote affordable health care without any of the alleged flaws of the current law. But the most honest among them admit that congressional Republicans have no current plan to replace Obamacare, only to repeal it…. [Rena] is one of those who play by the rules… an owner of a genuine small business, not a wealthy law partner or successful online entrepreneur of the sort Republicans tend to point to when they talk about “small-business owners.”… So why, again, are Republicans so furious that she will be able to purchase health insurance?