Paul Ryan told seniors at The Villages in Florida today, with his mom right there, that his Medicare plan doesn’t cut their benefits, but that’s not true. They would lose the closing of the “doughnut hole” for their prescription drugs and the free preventive care that are part of Obamacare.
If you ask Americans if they like Obamacare, a majority says no. But if you ask about the components of Obamacare individually, they say yes. They like kids being able to stay on their parents’ insurance till age 26, they like insurers being required to cover those with pre-existing conditions, and they like eliminating the “doughnut hole” for seniors’ prescription drug coverage.
What’s interesting is that the GOP now seems to be coming around to the same point of view. As we await the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare, the GOP is backing away from outright repeal. More and more Republican voices are speaking out in favor of the specific provisions I mentioned above. A big split is developing in the party over this, which makes it hard for Mitt. He’ll go anywhere you tell him, since he has no real convictions, but here he’s being torn in half by his own party.
The GOP says they want the Supreme Court to find Obamacare unconstitutional. But then they’d be forced to confront their growing divide, and one faction would lose and be angry in a presidential election year. Be careful what you wish for.