Here is Ford O’Connell’s response to today’s “The Arena” question, “health care repeal gaining momentum?”
Repealing Obamacare was a central campaign topic for Republicans last November. It misses the mark to categorize this first vote as a political gimmick when the GOP leadership is organizing a multi-prong assault to repeal, defund or modify the law. Even though voters opted to give the GOP a second opportunity to run things in Congress, they remain skeptical of Republicans who failed to differentiate themselves from Democrats over the past decade. It will be a tough slog, but House Republicans need to show that they are willing to shake things up and not just make minor adjustments to the status quo. Demonstrating a clear distinction between compromise and capitulation is a first step in rehabilitating the Republican brand.