Cornyn Backtracks, Now Supports Full Repeal

Tuesday, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) seemed prepared to concede the point that conservative politicians were not, in fact, likely to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s ban on insurers discriminating against applicants with pre-existing medical conditions. This, of course, implies accepting the basic structure of the whole shebang — to make it work, you need the mandate and to make the mandate work you need the subsidies. Now, though, Cornyn is giving in to pressure from the far-right and wants to square this view with repealer sentiments:

Some media outlets have misrepresented my position on repealing and replacing the President’s $2.6 trillion health care bill. Make no mistake about it: I fully support repealing this Washington takeover of health care and replacing it with a bipartisan bill that lowers the cost of health care.

Republicans have long pointed out that there are areas of health care reform where there is bipartisan agreement. Yet, instead of working with Republicans to solve issues of bipartisan concern such as pre-existing condition exclusions, Democrats insisted on a purely partisan bill that included massive tax hikes, trillions of dollars in new taxpayer spending, and cuts to Medicare, while failing to address rising health care costs.

But as Ramesh Ponnuru argued in his initial pushback from the right on Cornyn you simply can’t keep the pre-existing conditions bit without accept the entire basic structure of ACA.