On Monday, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts observed that Republican lawmakers have largely dropped the push for full repeal of the law. After noting this, he asked his guests how it could be possible for Republicans to campaign in 2014 on aspects of the ACA the public favors in a way that does not alienate the GOP’s anti-ACA base.
“With the narrative changing about the language from Republicans of repealing this law, how do Republicans now shift gears to get behind it in a way so that they seem palatable to constituents in 2014?” Roberts asked.
“It’s certainly a big challenge for the Republicans at this point,” replied The Rachel Maddow Show producer Steve Benen. “They have no rival for the Affordable Care Act. They don’t really don’t have much of a policy agenda in any specific area.”
He added that Republicans running for reelection in 2014 will encounter resistance from voters when they are forced to explain why this Congress has been among the least productive in American history.
Watch the clip below via MSNBC:
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