Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell repeated the siren call that Republicans are not going to give up on repealing Obamacare.
But in the same speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, McConnell admitted there is little plausibility to the idea, since Republicans have already lost. “When it came to Obamacare, we gave it everything we have, everything we have, and we just lost.”
McConnell explained that won’t stop Republicans, in a speech where he assured his audience that the GOP is not stuck in the past:
This law is a disaster. Anyone who thinks we’ve moved beyond it is dead wrong. Obamacare should be repealed root and branch. We’re not backing down from this fight.
“It may not seem like it now,” McConnell concluded, “but we’re actually winning.”
Republicans are not, in fact, winning. After more than 30 votes in Congress, a Supreme Court challenge, and a presidential campaign failed to repeal the health reform law, even House Speaker John Boehner admitted “Obamacare is the law of the land.”
But many Republicans haven’t accepted that reality. Boehner’s admission earned backlash from his party, while Paul Ryan’s latest House Republican budget still assumes repeal of the law. And Tea Party favorites in the Senate still occasionally threaten to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded.