The Republican Party has an ever more visible rift that comes out less in matters of policy, but all the time in matters of politics. The Tea Party wing of the Republican Party refuses to accept anything other than their most conservative desires, and they also refuse to accept that Obamacare, even after passing through every tortured step of the legislative process and surviving a Supreme Court challenge, is the law of the land.
The democratic process gave Obamacare a full vetting (one, I’ll add, where the Republican Party was more united than the Democrats), but that’s not enough for folks like Ted Cruz. Cruz (R-Tex) spoke on the Senate floor for 21 hours in opposition to Obamacare, in anticipation of the Senate voting to continue to fund Obamacare (and the rest of the government), which counters a House bill to keep the government funded while defunding Obamacare.
Today, Republican John McCain (Ariz.) took the floor and explained to anyone that would listen that he doesn’t like Obamacare, but it is the law, and everyone needs to accept that.
“We fought [against Obamacare] in a fair and honest manner. And we lost. We lost. One of the reasons is that we were in the minority. And in democracies, almost always, the majority governs and passes legislation. But I was extremely proud of the effort that we on this side of the aisle made to attempt to defeat what we thought was a measure that was not good for America.”
It’s a little sad that McCain has to explain to some in the Republican Party how democracy works, but McCain loves democracy and he’s not shy about it.
“The fact is that this legislation was hard fought, it was a legislative process, I didn’t like the end of it, but I am proud of the effort that we made, and frankly, the other side of the aisle allowed that to take place.”
Translation: the Democrats did not hijack the legislative process to get Obamacare through. Obamacare went through a full vetting, and the Republican Party absolutely had their say. And now it’s the law.
McCain goes on to say that Obamacare (McCain calls it by its actual name, the Affordable Care Act or ACA), was a major issue in Obama’s reelection year of 2012, and America had its chance to say how it felt about the biggest piece of legislation from Obama’s first term. Obama won.
“I don’t like it, it’s not something that I wanted the outcome to be. But I think all of us should respect the outcome of elections, which reflects the will of the people,” said McCain.
McCain, unlike Ted Cruz and the rest of the Tea Party wing, gets the first principle of democracy: you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need.