The fight over Obamacare seems far from over. The GOP-led House continues to try to repeal it, or at the very least delay its key components. The Karl Rove-backed Crossroads GPS even released a “terrifying” web video today bashing the law, entitled “ObamaCareNado,” in reference to the Syfy channel’s hit B-movie Sharknado. (They get an “A” for effort).
A House vote yesterday to affirm the already-delayed employer mandate had minimal bipartisan support, and a second measure to delay the individual mandate came mostly down party lines, as well. The president continues to campaign for the law, however, coming out hard on the stump after his own delay of the employer mandate.
Obama spoke at the White House today about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. His arguments aren’t anything new, although he is definitely pushing back hard against his critics and those in Congress who continue to fight it. The president said:
“…yesterday, despite all the evidence that the law is working the way it was supposed to for middle-class Americans, Republicans in the House of Representatives voted, for nearly the 40th time, to dismantle it. We’ve got a lot of problems in this country, and there’s a lot of work that Congress needs to do: get a farm bill passed, get immigration reform done, make sure we’ve got a budget in place that invests in our children and our future. And yet, instead we’re refighting these old battles.”
The battle continued on Twitter from both sides of the aisle, as well:
Yesterday's House vote shows even Dems see writing on wall – Obamacare doomed for ash heap of history when GOP unites to fully defund it
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 18, 2013
Obama on the #ACA: "It’s about the grandmother in Oregon whose free mammogram caught her breast cancer before it had the chance to spread."
— The White House (@whitehouse) July 18, 2013
— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) July 18, 2013
— Jay Carney (EOP) (@PressSec) July 18, 2013
One can assume the next few months will continue with the back and forth until too many of the provisions of the law go into effect, whereby a GOP-led repeal may rub those Americans who have gained something from the bill the wrong way. Without a doubt, the issue will bleed into the 2014 midterm cycle. If the implementation gets too rocky, though, the President might have a rough 2014.