It’s an odd claim. Republicans did not write the law. They did not support the law. And they are not in charge of implementing it. Yet, it’s got to be the GOP’s fault, right?
Now it is true that Republicans have been trying very hard to kill the law. The GOP-controlled House has voted 40 times to repeal it. Conservative activists dedicated to repeal have refused to shut up and lie down. Some Republican governors have declined to expand Medicaid. Some Republican senators have leaned on outside groups, such as the NFL, to not help promote the law. And some ambitious Republicans want to use the upcoming budget and debt ceiling negotiations to force Democrats into defunding ObamaCare.
Let’s go through each. Trying to repeal a law you didn’t vote for and think will be bad for the country is entirely legitimate. Sometimes, it’s morally compulsory. One needn’t cite the fugitive slave law to demonstrate this fact. In a mid-presidency conversion, Barack Obama decided that he would do whatever he could to nullify the Defense of Marriage Act. In 1989, after a backlash from seniors, Congressrepealed a Medicare reform law that didn’t work as planned.