Remember that Obamacare “train wreck”? Well, it never really happened

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

It’s kind of funny how  we don’t hear much chortling from Republican politicians any more about how the Affordable Care Act is “a train wreck.”

Oh, there are still some GOPers who haven’t received the memo yet or who figure that their constituents are so clueless that they’ll believe anything negative about President Obama.

But the truth of the matter gradually is emerging, as we see HERE:

The politics of the health care law have undergone a sea change since its disastrous rollout last fall, when many conservative operatives were salivating at the prospect of a GOP wave in the midterm elections due to an Obamacare “train wreck.”

But the train never wrecked. The law rebounded, surpassing its signups goal and withstanding a flurry of attacks. The issue seems to have mostly lost its power as a weapon against Democrats, and a growing number of Republican governors — even in conservatives states — are warming to a core component of Obamacare, the Medicaid expansion.

To get a sense of why this is worrying for Republicans in the long run, look no further than conservative strategist Bill Kristol’s 1993  memo — “Defeating President Clinton’s Health Care Proposal” — warning that reform would paint Democrats as “the generous protector of middle-class interests” and strike a “punishing blow” to the GOP’s anti-government ideology.