October 23, 2021

Bazar Lead

Just Law & Legal

Republicans escape Obamacare debacle but outlawing abortion is next

When the Republican Party finally got its chance to throw out Obamacare, it acted like a dog that had caught up with the car it was chasing and had no idea what to do next.

The GOP might find itself in a similarly absurd situation if it gets the post-Roe v. Wade world it has been pursuing – which, because of Supreme Court lineup changes and a potentially decisive case heading its way, is on the verge of becoming much more than a politically useful abstract concept. 

On Thursday, Republicans were saved yet again from the fallout of their Obamacare repeal obsession when the court for the third time rejected a challenge to the health care law. But a land without Roe v. Wade is looking frighteningly real – frightening for women and the men who care about them, of course, but also for the party that seems bent on bringing it into being. If Roe were to go, expect squirming in Republican leadership ranks and, quite possibly, comeuppance for chasing the antiabortion car so relentlessly this past half-century.