Monday was the last day to enroll in healthcare via the market exchanges made available through the Affordable Care Act. There was a remarkable last minute surge by millions of Americans who suddenly realized they might actually need health insurance if something were to happen to them or their family.
For years, the Republican Party platform has stood firm in their steadfast mission to stop the Affordable Care Act and its implementation. They knew that if it were to be a success it will boost the number of Democrats at the polls and will definitely hurt the chances of many Republicans come election time.
However, now that the health law seems to be a reasonable success with millions enrolling, exceeding the number predicted to make the law work, and with millions more covered by the Medicaid expansion, staying on a parents insurance until age 26, and no longer being denied for preexisting conditions, the GOP is jumping quickly at the chance to claim the law as their own. After all, the conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation was the group to author the law in the early 1990s to combat the idea of universal healthcare, which at the time was dubbed Hillarycare.
“We knew it would work,” said Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “We also knew that if we gave it a little tough love it would really thrive. We are Americans after all, and we work best with a little tough love and perseverance.”
“It was our idea in the first place,” echoed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). “We conservatives knew that with more available competition and a broader enrollment base, it would be a success. To be honest, I’ve been just trying to repeal it, so we could pass it ourselves. It’ll be great for America! And look how big we are being to let the Democrats roll out our idea. We truly are a Christ-filled generous party who everyone should vote for. Especially those who just signed up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, which I would like to now call Conservacare.”
“I never said we need to repeal and replace the socialistic Obamacare,” said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). “I said we need to reveal and embrace the capitalistic Conservacare that President Obama took credit for. After all, it’s ours. We thought of it.”
Republicans are planning on taking this message all the way to November and even into the 2016 election cycle. They know that the more people are covered by the health law and appreciate its advantages they better fall in line and claim it as their own. Let’s see if it works.