Right-wing opponents of health care reform are dialing back some attacks in anticipation of the Supreme Court decision, and getting attacked by their own party for doing so.
And for weeks former critics have been backing off some attacks. Tea Party darling Allen West has come out in support of some provisions of the Affordable Care Act, specifically provisions allowing young adults to be on a parent’s insurance, banning coverage exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and closing the Medicare prescription drug doughnut hole. West may have chosen not to understand how these things were tied to the funding mechanism of the individual mandate, but his surprise position does demonstrate that a lot of Obamacare critics are realizing that many of the provisions are popular.
Following their leadership, Republicans are starting to come out in support of “complete-repeal-except-for-the-popular-stuff-and-sort-of-replace.”
That has the extremists up in arms. Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin is calling them “surrenderists” and calling for conservatives to strong-arm anyone in the GOP who would countenance even the smallest sliver of government involvement in ensuring that Americans deserve quality, affordable health care.
Sit back and watch the show as they eat one another alive.