While House Republicans are going about their annual retreat – a new poll released this morning by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows the American people are tired of the endless attempts to repeal the patient protections and budget savings in the Affordable Care Act:
…a strong majority – 55 percent – said they accept ObamaCare as settled law that should be improved, rather than repealed. Only 38 percent said they support continued efforts to repeal it…
President Obama needled Republicans over their repeal efforts at the State of the Union address on Tuesday.
He acknowledged that he would never “convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law,” but urged them to stop with their repeal efforts and “tell America what you’d do differently.”
“Let’s see if the numbers add up, but let’s not have another 40-something votes to repeal a law that’s already helping millions of Americans like Amanda,” Obama said. “The first 40 were plenty. We got it. We all owe it to the American people to say what we’re for, not just what we’re against.”
As Senior GOP Congressman Tom Cole joked, not all House Republicans see the writing on the wall:
[NPR’s] SIEGEL: He appealed for an end to votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Do you think that’s behind us now, that indeed Republicans might be better with the Affordable Care Act in place to run against in November?
COLE: [Laughter] I think Republicans are never going to stop trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Look, that’s something that’s not popular, no Republican voted for it. Frankly all the polling suggests it’s become progressively less popular over the last several months so I doubt that that’s going to disappear but I also think you have to recognize political reality. There’s a Democratic senate, the president’s not likely to accept the repeal of his signature issue.
Indeed, just last night, several House Republicans went on FOX News to reiterate their intention to repeal the Affordable Care Act. As GOP Congresswoman and former Presidential candidate summed up:
“I just want to give the American people hope that there are members of Congress that aren’t going to give up,” Bachmann said. “We’re going to stay on the repeal train because that’s hurting Americans. We want health care to be better and we want people’s lives to be better.”
It’s time for House Republicans to stop wasting taxpayer dollars and time on unpopular, dead-end measures to take away Americans health coverage.