Republicans Are Worried They Will Have to Save Obamacare

The people Republicans voted into office are hoping the Supreme Court will save Obamacare so that they don’t have to do it.

This just in: Republicans are deathly afraid the Supreme Court will do its Constitutionally-mandated job, and follow the law. This would require Congress to come up with ever more creative ways NOT to do their job.

[See also, “Does the GOP have An Obamacare Contingency Plan?]

Here is how The Hill reports the story, “Republicans fear they will win ObamaCare court battle.”

Republicans in Congress are worried the Supreme Court will hand them a major headache this month if it rules against the federal health insurance exchanges in more than 30 states, ending subsidies for millions of people.

While the Affordable Care Act remains broadly unpopular, two new polls show a majority of Americans don’t want to do away with its subsidies, a core component of the law.

This poses a conundrum for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). They are under pressure from colleagues up for reelection in swing states and districts to extend the subsidies, at least temporarily, if the court strikes them down. But doing so would risk a backlash from the conservative base.

The Supreme Court is expected to hand down its decision in King v. Burwell, which could strip 6.4 million people of health insurance subsidies, in late June. 

States that would be hardest hit by a ruling against the law include the Senate battlegrounds of Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“The politics of the King vs. Burwell case are extremely treacherous and tricky for Republicans because if the subsidies are thrown out by the court, Republicans are in the position of having to create a fix that would be seen as a problem by their most conservative supporters,” said John Ullyot, a GOP strategist and former senior Senate aide.

Have we ever had a more worthless and craven bunch of people leading this country? What a sad commentary that this is apparently the best we can do.