To the Editor:
From all indications, the Republicans have gambled all their marbles on the proposition that Obamacare will sink Democratic candidates this fall. Odds are good, though, that the GOP has made a losing bet. In fact, it’s looking more and more like Obamacare may even be a net positive for the Democrats this November.
One reason why the Republicans are banking so heavily on the supposed toxicity is that they really don’t have much else to fall back on. The popularity of the GOP in Congress is at an all-time low. And the Democrats hold the high political ground on just about every other issue.
Raising the minimum wage is enormously popular with a public that is sick of stagnant wages, while the GOP’s Wall Street bankers continue to rake in record bonuses.
The GOP’s anti-woman, anti-gay outbursts make them look like an artifact of another era to young people and swing voters. Overwhelming majorities favor immigration reform that the Republican leadership has single-handedly blocked in the House. Americans completely disagree with the GOP’s “climate deniers” who don’t believe in science and are tied at the hip to Big Oil.
More than 80 percent of the population agrees with Democrats that it’s time to perform background checks on 100 percent of gun sales in the United States. But the GOP put up a stone wall to common-sense gun violence legislation after the massacre at Sandy Hook.
Most Americans reacted with revulsion to the GOP shutdown of government last fall.
So it’s no wonder that Republicans have pinned all of their hopes for the mid-terms on the proposition that the botched Obamacare roll out would sour the public on the signal accomplishment of President Obama’s first term. Once again, the Republicans are on the wrong side of history.
Republicans frighten people that the Affordable Care Act would take away their health insurance or force them to abandon trusted medical care providers.
Their problem is that this same fact of human nature has begun to work for the Affordable Care Act. More and more Americans have begun to experience the law’s benefits and don’t want to see the GOP take those benefits away. Unfortunately for the GOP, the Affordable Care Act is working.
John T. Nickoless