Instead of razzing Rounds for his craven cowardice before Il Duce, perhaps we should all thank him for changing course—maybe not 180°, but at least 90°—on the Affordable Care Act. Back in 2014 (when there was no chance it would actually happen), Rounds campaigned on his repeatedly promised to repeal ObamaCare. Now that his party controls the White House and Congress (though “control” exaggerates whatever Donald Trump thinks he’s doing in the Executive Branch, and the failure of three ACA repeals in one week in the Senate shows Republican control is more mathematical than effective), Rounds is promising constituents that he’ll protect huge components of ObamaCare, including the indestructible Tomi Lahren clause:
During these ongoing discussions, I will continue to advocate for the guaranteed renewal of coverage, portability of coverage, no lifetime limits, the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, no exclusions on pre-existing conditions if you are currently insured and the ability for children to remain on their families’ health care plans until the age of 26 [Senator M. Michael Rounds, e-mail to constituent, 2017.08.09].
Ah, we knew all along that Mike Rounds loves ObamaCare, right, Stace?
Right after Rounds’s failed, apparently for-show votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act last month, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found 64% of Americans want to keep ObamaCare in place, either in total (11%) or with fixes to “problem parts” (53%). That’s up from the 54% in January. The same poll found over 70% support for nine key provisions of the ACA. The only polled ACA provision with majority opposition is the requirement that everyone buy health insurance (57% against).
Thank you, Senator Rounds, for recognizing what a majority of Americans have already figured out: on the whole, the Affordable Care Act is pretty good policy.