By Ferdous Al-Faruque - 05/19/14 11:23 AM EDT
Republicans should not give up efforts to repeal ObamaCare, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.).
Jindal scolded conservatives who argue against repealing the law, deriding them as “fatalists.”
“The country that won two world wars and put a man on the moon cannot, it is believed, repeal a disastrous public policy,” said Jindal. “Says who? Why not?”
Republicans have attempted to repeal or severely modify the Affordable Care Act in the House at least 50 times over the past three years.
The law remains unpopular, but polls also show most people are against repealing it.
It could also be more difficult to repeal now that the exchanges are open and it is providing some with insurance. President Obama has repeatedly criticized Republicans for seeking to take away people’s insurance, an argument that seeks to turn the tables after some lost their healthcare policies because of the new law.
Jindal’s criticism comes as Republicans in Washington have shifted a bit away from the healthcare law and toward issues such as the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, and the economy.
Jindal implies the news media is complicit in the notion that the healthcare law can’t be repealed. He also says big pharmaceutical companies, health insurance providers and lobbyists do not want to see the law repealed because “it would take away their gravy train.”