Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat, argued Wednesday morning that the real reason Republicans are so zealous in their attempt to repeal or defund President Obama’s health care law is that they’re afraid voters will like it once it’s implemented — and will see Mr. Obama as having made it happen.
The president needs to fight as he’s never fought before right now on health care, Mr. McDermott said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”
“If they lose this one, it’s over,” he said.
Mr. McDermott said that in comparison to Republicans in the 1960s, many of whom opposed President Lyndon B. Johnson’s push on Medicare but still helped implement it, “they have fought from the very first against improving” the health care bill today.
Many Republicans, however, have said that the law is simply not salvageable. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said an attempt to defund the law is now the only option left.
“This is the only chance and the last chance that we have,” Mr. Rubio said on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” “And the one thing that does bother me is that there [are] people in Washington that love to say, ‘We’re against Obamacare.’ How can you be against Obamacare but vote for a budget that funds its implementation when you know the harm that it’s going to do?
“Now I would much rather the president come down from his prideful position and basically say, ‘Look, the law is messed up.’ But he’s not going to do that obviously, and so this is the only option.”