Remember late last year when conservative rallied around Ron Johnson in his race against Roy Blunt to be Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Conference? At the time, many Republicans questioned our motives; they wondered why Roy Blunt wasn’t conservative enough for us. Well, take a look at this tidbit from Slate:
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., gave a strong defense yesterday of a portion of the Affordable Care Act that allows children up to 26 years old to remain on their parents’ health insurance plans, breaking a bit from the GOP’s hard-line opposition to Obamacare.
Blunt endorsed Mitt Romney early on and led the campaign’s efforts to recruit Republican lawmakers during the GOP primary. But his comments in an interview on KTRS radio in St. Louis may give Boston some heartburn as it tries to convince conservative voters that Romney, who enacted the predecessor of Obamacare in Massachusetts, will actually repeal the healthcare law.
“It’s one of the things that I think should continue to be the case,” Blunt said of the “dependent coverage” provision, explaining that “it’s a way to get a significant number of the uninsured into an insurance group without much cost,” because young people are generally healthy.
Blunt noted that he even introduced a bill when he was in the House that would do exactly what the provision of the Affordable Care Act does now, saying, “I was for it then, and I’d be for it now.” “You’re breaking some news,” host McGraw Milhaven quipped.
While Blunt said he still favors repealing most of the health law, he would want to preserve a few sections, including the dependent coverage provision and the creation of high-risk pools for patients with preexisting conditions.
Every day it appears that there’s another Republican endorsing the worst elements of Obamacare; the slacker and pre-existing conditions mandates. These are the very mechanisms that create such an inflationary effect on premiums. Yesterday, Rep. Steve Stivers from Ohio endorsed the idea of a slacker mandate until age 31!
It is becoming clear that the “partial repeal” coalition is not limited to those at the fringe left of the party; like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. It includes almost every member of leadership. We must be prepared to fight our own party for full repeal of Obamacare next year. Things will be even worse for us if the Supreme Court just strikes down the individual mandate but leaves the rest of the law intact.