ObamaCare mess all Demsí doing
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Since: Jun 13
#1 Sep 25, 2013
The standard line from Democrats is that Congress passed ObamaCare and itís the law of the land, end of discussion. That disguises the ugly truth about how the Affordable Care Act became law, why itís running into so many problems, and why it is passionately hated by conservatives.
Consider a little history: The Social Security Act was enacted in 1935 with three times as many GOP yes votes as nays in the Senate and five times more yes ballots than nos in the House. In 1965, with President Lyndon Johnson working his masterly legislative prowess, nearly half of Senate Republicans backed Medicare, and in the House it got more GOP yes votes than no votes.
Contrast that to ObamaCare ó it passed without a Republican vote for it in the Senate or House.
Now, you might argue todayís Republican Party is different from, say, the one in 1965 that stamped a bipartisan seal of approval of Medicare. But the Democratic Party is different as well, as evidenced by its steamrolling the Affordable Care Act through Congress without any serious effort to incorporate significant Republican health care ideas.
Itís not like there was no bipartisan approach to reform. Republican Robert Bennett of Utah joined with Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon to sponsor a universal health-care coverage bill with important cost-containment ideas. The Healthy Americans Act picked up 10 co-sponsors, four of them Republicans, but it was doomed by a Democratic leadership grown insolent with overwhelming majorities in Congress.
What a contrast to 1965 when the Medicare law included a key provision that had it origins in a Republican proposal ó supplemental coverage, which most seniors now buy.
The no-trespass sign to the GOP during the writing of the Affordable Care Act deprived it of the benefits of critical scrutiny and helpful ideas from the business community that is a primary GOP constituent.
That kind of input might have prevented many of the calamities caused by ObamaCare: the uncertainty prompting employers to put off hiring; the high costs provoking big businesses like Delta and Walgreens to shed coverage, and others to shift parts of their workforce from full to part time; the threat to union-negotiated medical insurance, and the unpopularity of the law.
While Social Security and Medicare always had hard-core foes on the right, that was nothing like the broad, persistent and combative enmity directed at ObamaCare. Democrats have no one to blame but their our-way-or-the-highway approach.
But Tea Party Republicans are letting blinding hatred of the law blind them to the political consequences of being blamed for a potential government shutdown in their fight to defund the law. A better approach would be to capitalize on voter discontent by pushing to delay the individual mandate (as the White House did for the employer mandate) or forcing members of Congress to play by the same rules as the public.
Democratic go-it-alone arrogance built a potentially fatal political flaw in ObamaCare. Republicans shouldnít let a zealous defund-or-shut-down-government strategy wound GOP electoral prospects in 2014 and rescue the law from the fate it deserves.
“animis opibusque parati”
Since: Oct 12
#2 Sep 25, 2013
The Obamacare "wedding tax."
Democrat policies: priceless.
#3 Sep 25, 2013
Thanks, Diamond Eugene, for bringing this to our attention. I agree with it wholeheartedly.
I am not all that into the Democrat/Republican thing. I am neither. I am an American Constitutionalist who looks at the Dems and Reps as one party, democrat/republican bka the American Socialist Party. I think it comes down to the people concerning this ACA, being the Republicans will work in consortium with the Democrats.
When I say Reps will work with the Dems, I am meaning the hierarchy, not the voters. I don't see any difference in the politics of Obama and McCain using those two as the figureheads of their respective parties.
I believe any repealation of ACA, part or whole, will come from the people, not the politicians nor parties.
The people have a more powerful weapon than they even realise called the vote. They have had term limits in their possession all along called the vote. Vote the professional politicians out of office and vote in some real Americans.
Since: Dec 11
#4 Sep 29, 2013
Not saying you are one of them Dun .... but I've noticed alot of young folk seem to argue they are not into the Rep/Dem thang.But dutifully have voted in a bona fide marxist along with his agenda. IMO just a ruse to deflect blame for the mess. If you voted for Obama you have to connect the dots and take responsibility for being "into" the Rep/Dem thing.
I am no longer into swallowing what the Karl Rovists lay out for consumption. At the end of the day I do take sides and choose.
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