- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 18, 2013

As Rush Limbaugh said during a recent broadcast: If so many Americans oppose Obamacare, why are Republicans having such a hard time shooting it down?

“Folks, there’s 71 percent of voters opposing Obamacare,” he said, during his most recent broadcast. “That’s 71 percent of a universe of people that the Republican Party could forge a relationship with — a political voting relationship,” he said, Breitbart reported.

“And they haven’t, outside of three or four Republicans, made one effort to do it, which leads to an obvious conclusion: Maybe the Republicans don’t really dislike Obamacare that much.”

He went on: “Or maybe it’s just too hard. Maybe it would be just too much work and maybe because the president’s race is African-American. That means that if we do anything to capitalize on the opposition they’re going to call us haters.”

Mr. Limbaugh said he was puzzled why the GOP wasn’t jumping at the poll numbers and taking advantage of the obvious tide that’s generated against the massive health care overhaul.

Rather, he said, many in the party have gone the opposite route — and supported Obamacare’s funding, via the budget agreement that was forged between Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan.

“Seventy-one percent in this [Washington Post-ABC poll] oppose Obamacare,” he said. “It still amazes me the Republican Party cannot find linkage to that 71 percent. I’m seeing such a lost opportunity here. I’m stunned.”

He decried the GOP’s support of the budget bill that he said “basically locks in the spending for Obamacare because they’re afraid of being tarred and feathered with another government shutdown.”

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