Republicans backing away from leveraging Obamacare

Even some of Obamacare's fiercest critics on the right have now acknowledged defeat and are dropping the defunding and delaying efforts to concentrate on getting other concessions from Obama in the CR and the debt limit bill. The writing was on the wall yesterday when Rep. Paul Ryan penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that conceded changing Obamacare was not achievable in the short term and that the GOP should concentrate on passing a short term debt increase and then working to reform entitlements and the tax code. The number 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, wrote a similar op-ed in the Washington Post. The emerging strategy appears to put pressure on Obama to drop his silly "no negotiation" position and come to the table. Politico: "Obamacare is a component part of a bigger picture," said Rep. Mo Brooks, a conservative Republican from Alabama. "The bigger picture is a growing risk of bankruptcy and insolvency brought about by too many financially irresponsible...(Read Full Post)