Democrats’ Plan for ObamaCare Left Out an Important Detail: Republicans

302amike pompeo vs max baucus cage Democrats Plan for ObamaCare Left Out an Important Detail: Republicans

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) is,
ah, kind of upset with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.). That’s because
Baucus, who has
claimed authorship of the Finance Committee health care bill
that became the basis for ObamaCare, and was a big booster of the
law both before and after passage, now seems rather concerned that
the implementation process has gone awry. The Montana Senator
warned yesterday of a “huge-train wreck” coming as the law’s major
coverage provisions kick in at the end of the year.
In response, Rep. Pompeo has released a
harshly worded letter to Baucus that basically amounts to the
congressional version of Adam Sandler’s
endlessly useful Wedding Singer line about “things that
could have been brought to my attention YESTERDAY!” ;
“Unless you act before it’s too late, the American people are
going to hold you personally responsible for the failings of this
law that negatively impact their jobs, their health, and their
families,” the letter says. “You drafted it, you twisted arms to
get it passed, and, until now, you have lauded it as a model for
all the world.” There’s more, but you get the idea.
The law’s supporters are, of course, going to attempt to blame
Republicans for its failures—noting, for example, that most
Republican governors have declined to implement the law’s
exchanges, and that Republicans in Congress have not gone along
with Democratic requests to top off funding for implementing the
law. This is self-evidently silly.
For one thing, ObamaCare was a wholly Democratic creation:
Democrats wrote it, passed it, and are now in charge of
implementing it. For another, many of the failures aren’t directly
linked to Republican obstructionism. The delay of the employee
choice aspect of the small-business exchanges, for example, appears
to be a result of a combination of slow regulatory rollout from the
Obama administration and overburdened insurance companies. It’s
even hard to blame (or credit, as the case may be) Republican
governors for trouble with the exchanges; after all, the law was
written—by Democrats—to give every governor the choice to either
set up an exchange or let the federal government do so. If the law
wasn’t going to work if some governors opted out, then the
fundamental problem is bad legislation, not political
opposition.
As for political opposition, Democrats failed to account for
that too. It’s bad policy design to build and pass a law that
relies on the assent of a determined political opposition in order
to work. Republicans elected officials made it pretty clear from
the beginning that they opposed the law and that they were going to
continue to oppose the law; and arguably they had a small-d
democratic responsibility to do so: Republican voters have always
been quite wary of the health law. ;Democrats never really had
a plan to deal with Republican opposition to ObamaCare, except to
hope it went away. That was a pretty stupid plan. And Democrats
deserve responsibility for going with it.

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Democrats’ Plan for ObamaCare Left Out an Important Detail: Republicans


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