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It’s Not ‘the Affordable Care Act,’ Republicans

10:33 AM, Jun 17, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
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Perhaps Republicans have grown so accustomed to holding the short end of the rhetorical stick that it seems almost unsporting to them to have the clear rhetorical advantage.  Maybe they’ve gotten so used to being painted as being “against abortion rights” (instead of being “against abortion” or “for protecting human life”), against “undocumented immigrants” (instead of being “against illegal immigration”), and the like, that they’re not sure what to do when the biggest issue of the day is being fought on their own rhetorical turf.

But even the most tone-deaf Republican must realize that the list of great rhetorical slogans — those that have led to profound political victories and have captured the essence of their causes — will surely never include the phrase, “Repeal the Affordable Care Act!”

Jeffrey H. Anderson is executive director of the newly formed 2017 Project, which is working to advance a conservative reform agenda.

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