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The GOP Took Its Clothes Off in Public: It Was Not a Pretty Sight, Even for Some Republicans

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This does not bode well for national policy (and believe me, as a long-time supporter of "single-payer" health reform I am not a big fan of Obamacare), for fiscal health, and, when the next debt ceiling fight comes along, for the status of the US as a nation that stands behind its debt-obligations. And so do stay tuned for more even than that: in addition to the future health of the nation and the many presently un- or under-insured who would benefit under Obamacare, even with gerrymandering and organized voter-suppression, the Republican Party might be so bagged with the "Tea Party," that its future health might also be at stake.

Finally, the GOP may well come to have buyer's remorse for whatever they paid to the slogan-smith (Frank Luntz?) who came up with the term "Obamacare" as a substitute for its short legislative name, the "Affordable Care Act." If the Obamacare eventually goes into effect as it was planned, and even with all of its faults achieves the modest levels of improvement in health and health care that it is capable of, Obama's name will forever be on the most important piece of domestic legislation passed by Congress since Medicare (which is not called "Johnsoncare"). Not good news for the GOP, perhaps even years down the road.

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Steven Jonas, MD, MPH, MS, is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author/editor/co-editor of over 30 books on health policy, health and wellness, and sports and regular exercise. In (more...)

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