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AM Joy: Anti-Obamacare Sentiment Is About Racism

The AM Joy Panel is unanimous. The GOP's resistance to Obamacare is about a Black Man in the White House helping people of color.
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The panel on AM Joy this morning disagreed on whether Republicans would "fully repeal" Obamacare, but they were unanimous on why they hate it so much.

JOY ANN REID: In the end, do you think the Affordable Care Act would be repealed under a Trump administration?

DAVID KAY JOHNSTON: No, and whatever they do, they're not going to do it a rush. They're going to take their time, they're going to want to limit the damage to an election two years out. They're going to be strategically smart about this. The outcome is not going to be good for poor and working class people. There's a strong racist element in this.

REID: Do you think it's pragmatic to say that Republicans would fully repeal and risk 22 million people's backlash?

ALI VELSHI: This is the Congress that voted against Obamacare and who voted against the Iran deal. I think they're going to rush as headlong as possible and as fast as possible into repealing Obamacare. I think maybe Donald Trump is rethinking this thing. Donald Trump's going to come up against Congress. This Congress is a little bit economically off its rocker and has been for several years. I don't hold out hope that they're going to all of a sudden decide, there's parts of this Obamacare thing we like. I'm worried they're going to pull it out permanently.

HEATHER MCGHEE: I think the outcome of the -- David K. Johnson saying this is really about racism is extremely important here, I think they understand as Donald Trump did that actually having government policies that help people have a decent way of life is surprise, surprise quite popular as long as it's not seen as redistribution from white Americans, real Americans, to people of color who are undeserving at best, criminal at worst. They will move immediately to rename it to something else, start calling it something else, keep popular provisions and I do think that they won't want to because they are actually ideologically opposed to president Obama and what he represents. I don't think they will want to shoot themselves in the foot by making an ongoing conversation about 22 million people losing their health care.

JOY REID: It would be political malpractice to go through the sausage making process of 2009 and that was very revelatory and not in a good way for the American people. If they do that and decide to try to pass a whole new health care bill, I will be shocked. But it will not surprise me if just for ideological reasons they go ahead and do it.

REVEREND WILLIAM BARBER: I just want to say one silver lining in this is they no longer have cover now, and everything they do they have will to own it and the people will see it. Even the people who say they support it, I believe once the see what they do, even they will -- this may be their demise more than not getting elected, in fact getting elected and having to own everything they do from here forward.

JOY REID: Yeah, this is what happens when the dog catches the car.

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