The GOP’s Biggest Fear If O-Care Goes Down In Court

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In a little-noticed radio interview, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) articulated the GOP’s biggest fear if the Supreme Court wipes out Obamacare tax credits for millions of Americans who buy insurance from the federal HealthCare.gov exchange.

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Fascinating

I'm not sure that Senators in deep red states are that worried about this. But here Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) explains what he sees as the GOP's biggest fear if Obamacare gets gutted by the Supreme Court. Must read. And potential deadly for GOP senators from blue and purple states.

Also, worth noting here that millions of people losing access to health care insurance in itself does not seem to be figuring as a major concern.

This exchange is priceless ...

JOHNSON: Unfortunately, President Obama's response to an adverse decision — in other words one that actually follows the law — would be really simple. Just a one-sentence bill allowing people’s subsidies to flow to federal exchanges and/or offer the governors, 'Hey, we know you got those federal exchanges. Just sign the bottom line. We’ll make those established by the state.' And of course, he'll have the ads all racked up with the individuals that have benefited from Obamacare on the backs of the American taxpayer. He'll have all those examples as well so...


WEBER: And the sad sack stories about who's dying from what and why they can’t get their coverage.


JOHNSON: Right.

Emphasis added.

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"Well, we tried that once in South Carolina. I wouldn't go down that road again. I think an informed electorate is probably a better check than, you know, guns in the streets.I'm not looking for an insurrection. I'm looking to defeat Hillary. We're not going to out-gun her."

And yes, in all my time running TPM, I've been waiting for this quote.

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It's not an uncommon argument among gun rights enthusiasts. But national politicians and certainly presidential candidates seldom get so pointed and specific about arguing that the key importance of the 2nd Amendment is to have guns to shoot government officials if you decide they are creating a tyranny. What Sharron Angle once called "second amendment remedies". But Ted Cruz is going there big time in a new fundraising email. Check it out.

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