The Resistance To Improving Obamacare

Greg Sargent covers it:

The short version of the tale is that the Associated Press reported that House Republicans and Dems had agreed to do away with the cap on deductibles for small group policies inside the exchanges, giving small businesses more flexibility in the plans they can offer, a change sought by groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

After Drudge spun this as evidence that House Republicans had agreed to — gasp! —expand the law, Boehner’s office quickly put out a statement claiming Republicans had actually succeeded in repealing a part of it. Dems had agreed to this change, believing it improves the law, making this a bipartisan fix. But as Steve Benen notes, the fact that this sparked an outcry among Obamacare foes is a reminder that for them, the only acceptable goal is “to make the ACA as punishing and ineffective as possible, in the process creating demand for destroying the law in its entirety.”

Beutler notes various tweaks the right has made to the law:

None of these modifications will substantially change the ACA’s architecture or even smooth its roughest edges. But they badly undermine longer-standing Republican claims that the law is beyond fixing. If parts of it are clearly fixable, and being fixed, then new constituencies will come out of the woodwork seeking changes of their own, and resistance to more substantial ones will become harder to maintain.