I happened to see a senator on the news tonight, a Republican no less, who said that the biggest mistake his party has made in all of this budget nonsense is that they should have been focusing on ways to cut spending instead of harping on this one thing, the ACA ("Obamacare"), that is the law.
That's the thing with most of the GOP right now. Nothing is about policy, it's about the opposite of anything that Obama supports. There's a bizarre hate for the person himself, not his policy, that I don't understand. Republicans have been clinging to that, and it's a complete waste of time. There are so many legitimate policy issues of the president that have logical and excellent positions. It annoys me to no end that the party can't focus on those instead. All I see is that they don't like the black guy with a funny name.
Meanwhile, the Democrats' big box of stupid with pursuing the ACA was that it really has nothing to do with making anything affordable unless you're poor. They focused on the "healthcare for all" when what they really meant was health insurance for all. It does nothing to fix the insane cost per capita that the US spends on healthcare. Think about it... we're almost to the point where one in five dollars of the GDP is spent on this nonsense. Even more disturbing is that we pay more taxes toward healthcare but don't get anything for it. I love this very matter-of-fact view about why it costs more here. Why couldn't the Dems focus on the real problems?
But I still don't entirely blame the politicians. You've seen Facebook, so you know that people will be asshats and post the same stupid shit that isn't true if it means aligning with whatever they already believe. If the people will be asshats, then so will the people they elect. For the people, by the people, after all.