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Reporters leaving Capitol Hill in the wee hours of Monday morning were, for the most part, heaving sighs of relief: health care reform had – finally! - passed, a vote for the history books. However imperfect, the deed was done, the fat lady had sung. A day later and Republicans seem not to have gotten the memo: they are attacking the bill as ferociously as they did before it passed. Repeal it, they're saying; strike it down in the courts; and in the Senate, the reconciliation fixes may die a death of a thousand amendments.
Health care reform has been a rich vein for the GOP. Think back to the August town hall meetings and Sarah Palin's death panels. Indeed, polls show the bill is incredibly unpopular – which is why Dems are more than happy to move on to jobs, the economy, and more jobs. But, keeping the bill in the forefront of news doesn't come without risk to the GOP. Here are five reasons this could be a losing argument for Republicans:
1. What happens when, as President Obama put it to the Democratic House Caucus on Saturday, “lo and behold nobody is pulling the plug on granny”?
The way many protestors (and some Republicans) were talking over the weekend you'd think passage of the bill represented an end of days: better stock up on canned goods because communism is a hair's breadth away. “If we pass this bill, there will be no turning back,” Minority Leader John Boehner thundered on the House floor just before the vote. “It will be the last straw for the American people.”
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