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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Obamacare Town Halls: The World Is Round

David Nather reports at Axios:
This time, it's the Republicans who are getting the blowback from Obamacare supporters, rather than Democrats being shouted down by the law's opponents. Rep. Tom McClintock had to have a police escort as he left a crowded and angry town hall meeting in Roseville, California, per the Los Angeles Times. One reporter's video captured a group of demonstrators chanting, "Shame! Shame!" And in Florida, a constituent with a heart condition pleaded with Rep. Gus Bilirakis not to get rid of the law, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
What it means: On one level, it may be the second-least-surprising Obamacare development, and it certainly shouldn't have been a surprise to Republicans. (There are people who like the law and depend on it? Who knew?) But it's also more vocal than most Obamacare supporters have been during the law's many other challenges. Like the polling that shows the law is getting more popular now, it's another sign that energy is moving toward the pro-Obamacare side — right when it might be too late.