ABC Warns Republicans Against Challenging ObamaCare

Mark Finkelstein

If President Obama’s signal fight in the coming year will be preserving ObamaCare, he can count on at least one ally in his struggle with Republicans: ABC News and in particular its Political Director, Amy Walter.

On GMA today, Walter issued a stern warning to Republicans who might have the audacity of hoping to repeal ObamaCare. The segment began with a montage of Republicans vowing to do so, including an oddly mocking replay of a Mitch McConnell moment.

Then Walter appeared and pronounced her admonition.

AMY WALTER: If Republicans decide they’re going to spend the first six months of this year going over and debating the individual mandate or ObamaCare or whatever they want to call it, I think that’s not going to sit very well with the electorate.

Great point, Amy. After all, consider the shellacking the electorate administered to the Republicans for making ObamaCare a key plank in last year’s elections.

Oh, wait . . .

H/T Tony Salazar, Patriot Action Network

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