Obamacare Policy Jiu-Jitsu
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+10021) 9 years ago
The Brookings Institution wrote:
Like a general whose panicked troops are ready to flee, president Obama today ordered a tactical retreat to a more defensible position. First there was the dreadful performance of the health exchanges. Then, came the resentment spawned by insurance cancellations. Democratic supporters of the Affordable Care Act, frightened for their political lives and angry on behalf of their constituents, seemed ready to bolt. The House seems certain to pass a bill that effectively repeals the insurance market reforms in the health reform law by permitting insurers indefinitely to continue selling to new customers plans that do not include the Obamacare protections. The prospect was all too real that the Senate would pass a bill only marginally better. A conference committee bill would reach the president’s desk, confronting him with a political Sophie’s choice—he could sign a bill repealing much of his proudest legislative achievement or veto it and risk being overridden.

Either outcome would be damaging both politically and substantively. The glimmer of Democratic political triumph over the debt ceiling and the government closure would turn to dust. Many elements of health reform would be inoperative with no clear course of action open to the administration.

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http://www.brookings.edu/...itsu-aaron
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Posted by David Schott (+18229) 9 years ago
That sounds like the same kind of spin that labeled "HSA-qualified" insurance plans "junk insurance" and "scam insurance".
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Posted by Don Birkholz (+1393) 9 years ago
How much do insurance companies get "fined" if they don't tell their clients that if they don't have preventive care insurance, the insurance will not pay for preventive care.

Gosh, If my house burns down and I don't have fire insurance, I can't collect insurance? Damn
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Posted by Oddjob (+184) 9 years ago
I think this "analysis" falls definitively in the category of wishful thinking. The Obamacare disaster genie is out of the bottle. The President's credibility level is falling like a rock and he has burned his cover with many of his media allies. Even the White House Press Corps won't cut Jay "Baghdad Bob" Carney any slack because they have been exposed as parties to the deception.

If the Democrats can do anything to recover from this mess by the next election, it will be a masterful feat. In the last month, they have handed the GOP the greatest arsenal they have had since 1994, and all the Republicans had to do was stay out of the way.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+12379) 9 years ago
If the Republicans had supported their plan--which is what the Affordable Care Act is. It was originally devised by the Heritage Foundation, championed by Bob Dole when he ran for president and used successfully by Mitt Romney--we wouldn't be in this mess.

When the Democrats adopted the Republican plan, the Republicans were so determined to be opposed to their own idea once it was accepted by the opposition, they destroyed their own idea.

If the Affordable Care Act was properly rolled out and funded, by both parties, it still wouldn't be an ideal solution (single payer would) but it would better than the current mess. If every state had a functional exchange and Medicaid had been expanded as planned, people all over the country would be better off.

Sadly, Republicans are so obsessed with being the party of NO, they ruined their best chances for their own idea. And they still haven't come up with any kind of replacement. Keeping insurance companies rich and happy was their plan. They can't support single payer. That's the Democrats plan. So they are left with nothing.

Strange when a political party becomes so wrapped up in being the opposition, they forget how to govern.
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Posted by Lorin Dixson (+598) 9 years ago
The person who says it cannot be done. Should not interrupt the person doing it.

Chinese Proverb
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Posted by redmondroughneck (+83) 9 years ago
Strange when a political party becomes so wrapped up in being in power, they forget how to govern.
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