Interesting set of observations from TPM’s Josh Marshall (not Qt3’s Josh Marshall) about Obamacarae on Twitter last night.
Basically he pointed out that while there’s some mewling in the House to restart a new repeal bill, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans aren’t going to have it. At all. And so Marshall pointed out as well that the number of red states taking a Medicaid expansion is growing. (Improbably, Kansas has voted for it, and although the Governor has vetoed the bill, the heavily Republican legislature may have enough votes to override.)
And so, quietly, Republicans are starting to look as if they’re going to help maintain Obamacare. For instance, some lawsuits against the Obamacare CSRs (cost sharing subsidies) have been pulled back by their GOP sponsors.
Still plenty of work to do, but as repeal loses steam and insurance companies realize that the ACA is going nowhere, it’s possible that some who jumped out may get back in. It’ll be important for Congress to keep looking at ways to offset costs, too. But increasingly, it’s looking like the future of American healthcare puts legislators of both parties against the rock of mandate healthcare systems like the ACA, or the hard place of seriously considering single payer.