Years of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare might end up failing thanks to a very compelling constituency: the sickest Americans.
Democratic activists have turned the health care law's guarantee to cover people with pre-existing conditions into Republicans' Achilles' heel, using the issue to slow and, potentially, even thwart what the GOP hoped would be a quick repeal effort.
With the tea party activism of 2009 as their model, progressives have swarmed town hall meetings to force Republicans to confront the stories of childhood cancer survivors whose parents fear they will be unable to afford health coverage if Obamacare goes away.
The most stinging rebuke came Tuesday from former House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, who said on a Michigan radio station that he could not support the repeal bill because it “allows the governors to waive pre-existing illnesses as part of essential benefits. I am not at all comfortable with removing that protection.”
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