Great measures don’t pass by narrow majorities

It looks certain that the net result of Obamacare will be more uninsured than before the legislation.  And those with coverage have higher premiums, higher deductibles, less choice, worse plans.  Let’s also not forget that it’s thrown a wet blanket over job creation, as employers fear uncertain regulation and certain higher costs per employee. 

I remember well how it was passed, with all sorts of skullduggery to overcome the vocal objections of the voters.  (Even MA elected a republican senator to try to stop it!)  All those circuit breakers are there for a reason:  to force politicians to slow down and generate broad support for big projects.  Short them out and you invite trouble.  “F- ’em, we have the votes,” (as his chief of staff said regarding the stimulus) is not the way to pass transformative legislation.

h/t Noemie Emery in Late Democratic senator’s warning haunts his party from beyond the grave.

Thirteen years after leaving the Senate, (and 11 years after his death), Daniel Patrick Moynihan won his most recent election last week in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, and he may win many more in the fall.

Great measures don’t pass by narrow majorities, he told Hillary Clinton when she tried to sell health care, they pass by wide margins, or fail. He meant that big bills need public opinion behind them, or they are in danger.

Democrats ignored him in 2010, thinking public opinion didn’t count, or could be turned around quickly. They were mistaken. Today, President Obama, his face lined, his eyes hollow, his hair and skin graying, is seen on small online shows begging the young to buy overpriced policies, and Democrats, scared witless by their loss of a House seat in Florida, are weighing three options to try to stave off disaster, none of which seem to hold hope…

You can defend the effort, but little beside it; as many more people have lost than gained coverage, the previously uninsured haven’t been buying and the young aren’t buying — which may doom it financially. And we know now that the bill had been crafted on purpose to tighten the screws on one of the most productive parts of society: the entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners who bought their policies on the individual market; who are solvent but hardly high-flyers, who are hit with a great deal of angst and anxiety, and to whom the additional cost of hundreds of dollars in their new monthly premiums is bringing them real fiscal pain.

…just two explanations: They passed the bill without having bothered to find out was in it, and they trusted Obama, who lied. Neither speaks well of them and their party, but no other options present themselves.

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