Historian Anne Applebaum bottom-lines Republican hostage-taking:
Obamacare is the law, as confirmed by the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of our political system. A portion of one of those branches is therefore not now legally or morally empowered to change that law by holding other parts of the government hostage, no matter how strongly its members or their constituents feel.
Amen. Get the Republicans a glass of water and some Xanax. (That is, if they have insurance to pay for it.)