Republicans changing tune on Obamacare because of low poll numbers

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Getting rid of addictions or obsessions sometimes requires a 12 step program or chemical therapy. In the case of House Republicans it seems their obsession with Obamacare may have been cured by math. The first number is 42. 42 was Jackie Robinson's number. 42 is the ultimate answer to life and the universe in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. And 42 is the number of times the United States House of Representatives has voted to repeal Obamacare.

The last vote Led to a partial shutdown of the federal government. And they took that last vote on the same day the Obamacare online health insurance marketplaces started work. So far, the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has been loaded with problems. People can't access the online exchanges because of heavy web traffic. And the Obamacare insurance requirement for small businesses has been put off for a year. But, the Affordable Care Act remains remains the law and the 42 votes to get rid of it failed.

The next bit of math involves the numbers 53, 24 and 21. 53 is the percent of the American public in the latest Wall Street Journal poll who blame the chaos of the partial government shutdown on republicans in congress. 24 is the percentage of voters in that polls who have a favorable view of the Republican party, an all-time low. 21 is the percentage who have a favorable view of the Tea Party, also a record low. And all of that math means the shutdown because of the Tea Party faction's obsession with Obamacare is damaging the GOP seriously.

So, republicans in DC are now talking about modifying Obamacare. They're talking about amending the Affordable Care Act. they're talking about making it fairer and more transparent. But, they've mostly stopped their talk about repealing and de-funding the Affordable Care Act. All it took was 42 votes, hurting the lives of hundreds of thousands of unpaid federal workers and some really, really bad poll numbers.

I'm Charles Jaco and That's Jacology.