This was the headline Tuesday across cable TV news shows: “Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, threatens a government shutdown over Obamacare.” Opposition to the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) – with 39 House-passed repeals but none in the Senate — and the administration agreeing to delays and funding cuts are reminiscent of opposition to the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, originally written by former Florida U.S. senator and congressman Claude Pepper.
Mr. Pepper’s bill was enacted in July 1988 and repealed 16 months later. We should have learned from that lesson. Instead, Affordable Care Act supporters are battling not just attempts to repeal the law but a more subtle, bit-by-bit “defund and destroy” strategy.
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