Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to delay enforcement of the health care law's individual mandate, joining their Republican colleagues in saying it would be unfair to penalize Americans for failing to buy insurance when the primary sign-up website doesn't work.Now wait just a doggone minute, here. Isn’t that exactly what the Republicans offered not two weeks ago in their second Continuing Resolution? A one-year delay for Obamacare? You know, that same CR which Harry and the Democrats (and if that doesn’t sound like a bad 80’s hair band, I don’t know what does) and the pResident refused to even vote on? What in the world could tempt them to want to even suggest such an action?
[Sen. Jeanne] Shaheen [D-NH] and several moderate Democrats supporting her, including [Sen. Mark] Pryor [D-Ark], are up for re-election in 2014, and no doubt taking note of the widespread discontent with the launch of HealthCare.gov.Oh, well, that explains a lot: those poor Democrats who are up for re-election are scared witless that association with Obamacare is going to
And what of the Republicans? After all, they’ve been fighting tooth and nail (well, at least some of them have) to either delay or defund or repeal this mess. What are they planning to do?
Republicans are already crafting bills to delay the requirement on individuals to buy health insurance. The GOP has the numbers to pass such a proposal in the House; with 15 Democrats, they might be able to muscle something through in the Senate.Now hold up a second. Just hold your horses for a minute. I’m thinking that’s the worst possible thing for them to do in this case. Why? Because this legislation, which Nancy Pelosi recently called ‘a beautiful thing’, is proving to be a nightmare of Lovecraftian proportions. It’s not going to allow you to keep your current health insurance (a promise made by none other than Mr. Obama), you will not be able to keep your doctor (another Obama promise), it will not cost less for you to have insurance (yet another Obama Promise), the website for signing up is nothing more than a Windows BSoD ulcer-maker, the 1-800 help line sends you right back to the stalled website, repairs are going to take, according to experts, a really long time … in short, it’s a clusterfark of epic proportions.
It’s no small wonder Democrats are doing whatever they can to distance themselves from this thing, even though three years or so ago they voted for it without knowing what the hell was in it.
So here’s my idea. Rather than looking to delay this monstrosity (something Democrats refused to even consider when it was a Republican idea a few weeks ago), Republicans ought to start actually supporting implementation – and I’m talking about full implementation – of Obamacare. Force the Democrats to go on record as saying their signature legislation – passed by both House and Senate three years ago, signed by the President, and deemed constitutional via judiciary re-write as a tax by SCOTUS – is a steaming pile of , well, you know.
It’s a sewage sandwich; Republicans need to make the Democrats take a nice, big, wet, juicy bite of it.