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Poll Results — Obamacare Delenda Est

We asked you which of four accomplishments you thought it most plausible that Mitt Romney could pull off in a first term as president. A slim majority chose repealing Obamacare, while a sizable minority thought lowering tax rates and capping deductions most likely. Eliminating a cabinet department or reforming Medicare both came in at single digits. Click below to enhance the results:

  1. James Of England
    Daniel Frank: How do we repeal Obamacare without taking the Senate? That sure isn’t looking good, is it? · 5 hours ago

    48 Senate votes + Wyden + Manchin. This requires working with Wyden on the “Replace” part and otherwise bribing Manchin, but is not impossible. We probably do need 48, though, and it would be helpful if our new intake did not include Montana.

  2. James Of England

    It’s worth noting that the 48 GOP Senators need only include 47 elected senators if Mitt can draft a cabinet secretary from the Democratic senators and have him replaced with a Republican. If we can’t maintain our current number of Senators, we’re in trouble, but 46 senators seems pretty unlikely.

  3. Polyphemus

    I have to say that Ricochetians are setting themselves up for disillusionment if they think that Obamacare is at all likely to get repealed. I find my gut still clenches when I think about Justice Roberts’ inexplicable betrayal of principle. I think that we will all come to rue that day more than we do now once we see how difficult and unlikely it is to purge Obamacare from our system.

  4. Scott R

    Not sure how he could pull it off, but coaxing young people into HSA’s would change the world.

  5. Spin

    I thought the question was “most likely” not “most hoped for.”

  6. James Of England
    Ken Owsley: I thought the question was “most likely” not “most hoped for.” · 1 hour ago

    I was also hoping that the fact that Medicare was less widely chosen would not be reported as there being little hope for it; Presidents generally get more than one of their key initiatives passed. I had a half suspicion that this was a “Bill Kristol” question, assuming that Romney would be a terrible President, but I felt guilty about having had the thought. I’m very disappointed to discover that it was correct.

  7. Daniel Frank

    How do we repeal Obamacare without taking the Senate? That sure isn’t looking good, is it?

  8. Richard

    I could see more Democrats voting for a tax reform plan than repealing Obamacare, if the Democrats maintain control of the senate I don’t see Obamacare repeal happening. 

  9. Umbra Fractus
    Polyphemus: I have to say that Ricochetians are setting themselves up for disillusionment if they think that Obamacare is at all likely to get repealed. I find my gut still clenches when I think about Justice Roberts’ inexplicable betrayal of principle. I think that we will all come to rue that day more than we do now once we see how difficult and unlikely it is to purge Obamacare from our system. · 4 hours ago

    To play devil’s advocate, though, I don’t see why the GOP can’t embrace Roberts’s ruling and paint the Dems as trying to maintain a huge middle-class tax increase.

    Even though I voted for tax reform, I think getting the blue dogs to turn on Obamacare is going to be easier than people think.

  10. Polyphemus

    Umber Fractus,

    I sure hope you are right. I’ll be very happy to be proven wrong.  It will take remarkable skill and deal-making to get it done. The Democrats know how to play nasty, mean and to win-at-all-costs.  This is hard-won ground that they won’t be in a mood to lose after losing an election.