Bill Clinton had harsh words for the Republican Party's hopes on Obamacare. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons
Bill Clinton did not mince his words when it came to Republican hopes for Obamacare:
“I’ve never seen a time — can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail … I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be shocked if it fails,” Clinton told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Clinton’s got a point. What would it do to the credibility of the Republican Party if Obamacare was a huge success, publicly and in reality?
“I think this bill’s already produced a lot of good results and every — look, they are desperate for this bill to fail, because if it’s not a failure, their whole — everything they’ve been telling us since 1980 that government’s bad is wrong. They so badly want it to fail,” he said.
Many Republicans in the House of Representatives came in on the Tea Party wave of 2010, fueled mostly by anger over Obamacare (and Koch brother money). The wing of the Republican Party that is driving their politics has built itself on complaining about Obamacare. The Republican Party can always pivot, but for now they are all in on being anti-Obamacare.
Given all that, it only makes sense that the Republican Party wants Obamacare to fail, even though Obamacare will provide health insurance to around 30 million Americans who didn’t have it when the law was passed. The next few elections could swing on how popular Obamacare is in practice.