What is this Republican obsession about what was once so derisively called Obamacare?
It makes no difference if it's a supposedly enlightened Republican like Paul Ryan or an over-the-top right-winger like Ted Cruz. Neither can get through a speech without blaming the Affordable Care Act for all of the nation's problems and insisting that it be repealed — yesterday, if not sooner.
Cruz, for instance, claims that the key to job growth in America is to end Obamacare. Although the nation's unemployment rate has dropped in half since Obama's health care reform became law, Scott Walker's favorite presidential candidate continues to maintain that Obamacare has been a job killer. That kind of bluster, of course, is what's gained Cruz a bushel basketful of pants-on-fire ratings from the nation's fact finders.
Evidence continues to pour in that Obamacare has dramatically changed for the better the lives of millions of Americans. None of that fazes the Republicans in Congress or those on the presidential trail.
The stubborn intransigence on the ACA underscores how the party has completely abandoned the working poor and the lower middle class in America.