McConnell is credited with organizing the Republican's lock-step opposition to
The senator missed on the one-term goal, but he scored major victories along the way.
The passage of Obama's signature legislation -- the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare -- played a huge part in McConnell's successful run. Opposition to Obamacare has been central to Republican campaigns since it was passed in 2010.
Give us the House so we can repeal Obamacare,
Give us the
Give us the
Yet, there's a difference between politicking and governing.
Obamacare's replacement is deep in the legislative process. A House version -- the American Health Care Act (AHCA) -- passed last month. A nonpartisan congressional analysis estimates it would cost 23 million Americans health insurance, a figure so shocking even President
Fresh polling from the
The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that "larger shares say the cost of health care for them and their family (45 percent), their ability to get and keep health insurance (34 percent), and the quality of their own health care will get worse if
McConnell released the
So, we are back to an old political truth: Saying what you're against is easy. Saying what you're for is hard.
Americans would have been better served if candidates ran on policy specifics and not merely hollow talking points. Campaigns would take on a completely different tone: You want to replace Obamacare? OK, tell us more, and be specific, please. What's your plan? How much will it cost? What are the tradeoffs?
These sorts of questions tend to get answered eventually. Polling on Obamacare's replacement indicate much of the public has received answers it doesn't like. It's time to move from politicking to governing.
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