Obamacare Repeal Falls Off Republicans' To-Do List As Law Takes Hold By Noam N. Levey | latimes.com | 04.18.2015 Excerpts: "After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over. GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform. In 2013, congressional Republicans' maneuver to shut down the government became a debacle, prompting McConnell to promise no more shutdowns over the healthcare law. And although the law remains very unpopular with GOP voters, more than 20 million Americans now depend on it for health benefits, making even some of the most conservative Republicans loath to cut off coverage. Facing the prospect that the Supreme Court this year could strip away insurance subsidies provided through the law in most states, several GOP lawmakers have proposed extending the aid, perhaps even until a new president takes office. In 2013, congressional Republicans' maneuver to shut down the government became a debacle, prompting McConnell to promise no more shutdowns over the healthcare law." ...... "Today, more than 11 million Americans, many of them previously uninsured, get health coverage through marketplaces created by the law. Another 11 million low-income people have signed up for Medicaid, mostly in states that expanded their programs with federal funding made available through the law. Republican lawmakers once cheered a legal challenge targeting insurance subsidies in about three dozen states as an opportunity to dismantle the law. Now, they are scrambling for a plan to preserve the subsidies if the Supreme Court backs the challenge. A ruling in the King vs. Burwell case is expected in June. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb. has proposed legislation to extend the aid for 18 months. Sasse and other Republican lawmakers say the time is needed to develop a replacement for the current law. "This acknowledges that the ACA is the law and you have to start with what is there and build on it," said former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt." ....... read more: http://www.latimes.com/business/healthcare/la-na-obamacare-republicans-20150418-story.html#page=2 ....... IMO: The republican Congressmen have been fighting over Obamacare for over 5 years, 50 separate votes, a government shutdown over Obamacare and only now do they understand it is what the American people want. But we can see that if the republicans win the 2016 elections, they will start "reforming" Obamacare and changing it to become theirs. It is amazing that those same Congressmen can ignore the wishes of the people and go to the extreme of shutting the government down to try to get their way, but there you have it folks, all they have is their agenda and their leaders to give them the buzz-words for the day, otherwise they wouldn't know what to do next. All we have seen for five years has been stalling, obstructing, working 1 1/2 days a week because they had obstructed the government into a non-workable state. I believe this sudden abrupt about-face is because they cannot walk and chew gum at th same time and the 2016 elections are proving more intricate than they had even imagined. They have over 34 republicans to try to get back into office, and that ain't gonna be easy. Plus Jeb Boy didn't pan out as they hoped, and there is not another legislator in the republican Clown Car that can win a dog contest. That is what happens when you do not posses experience, brains, and a logical agenda for the masses.