Here is what I about wrote about Capito's position on Obamacare in 2014 when she was running for the U.S. Senate:
House Republicans, including Capito, have voted to end Obamacare at least 54 times. Earlier this year at her West Liberty University-sponsored political rally, she asserted that "everybody is unhappy" with Obamacare. When asked later about whether the 100,000+ West Virginia who now had basic health care would be unhappy, she dodged the question.
Some background to her speech: even though Capito was a candidate at the time, West Liberty University claimed that Capito's speech in downtown Wheeling would be about economics. The speech was sponsored by the West Liberty Economics Club, an organization set up to channel BB&T money to rightwing, Randian and Republican speakers. I attended a number of these gathering and I never saw any students (other than those working the cameras) and I never ever heard a good word about President Obama or Democrats. (Do remember that Robin Capehart, the former head of the WV Republican Party, was President of West Liberty University at the time.) I attended Capito's speech and her speech was definitely not about economics.
Two-and-a-half years later, Capito apparently has learned that not everybody is "unhappy" with Obamacare. From this morning's Talking Points Memo:
"I'm from a state that has an expanded Medicaid population that I am very concerned about," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) this week. "I don't want to throw them off into the cold, and I don't think that's a strategy that I want to see. It's too many people. That's over 200,000 people in my state. So we need a transition. I think we'll repeal and then we'll work during the transition period for the replacement vehicle."
Hey Shelley, you voted again and again to repeal Obamacare without a plan to replace it. Yes, it's a lot easier to oppose something when you know it will be vetoed. As West Virginia's Republican state legislators have learned, governing is hard.
Update - Obamacare, black lung and the Byrd amendments
Here's an important post from Stat (a health and medicine website) on what will happens to a miner's likelihood of winning a "black lung" case if Obamacare is repealed.
Again and again, President-elect Donald Trump presented himself as the coal miners’ candidate. During the campaign, he promised to bring coal back into the economy, and jobs back into struggling Appalachian towns.
But now some in coal country are worried that instead of helping, Trump’s first actions will deprive miners — and their widows and children — of the compensation they can receive if they are disabled by respiratory problems linked to breathing coal mine dust.
That’s because buried in the Affordable Care Act are three sentences that made it much easier to access these benefits. If Trump repeals Obamacare — as he vowed to do before the election — and does not keep that section on the books, the miners will be back to where they were in 2009, when it was exceedingly difficult to be awarded compensation for “black lung” disease.
The sentences were added by WV Senator Byrd:
The Byrd Amendments shifted the burden of proof from the miners onto the mining companies. If a miner has spent 15 years or more underground and can prove respiratory disability, then it is presumed to be black lung related to mine work, unless the company can prove otherwise.
Those amendments also helped the families:
The Byrd Amendments also had a huge effect on the families relying on that compensation. Before their enactment, when a miner died, his widow would keep getting compensation only if she could prove that her husband died because of black lung — a process that often took years, if it was successful.
Now, with a bit of paperwork, she keeps getting a portion of the money the family got when her husband was alive.
Hat tip to Charlie Pierce.