Democrats who voted for Obamacare and the president whose name it bears are “angry” things aren’t going smoothly. I think “scared they’ve messed up big time” is closer to the truth, but no matter.
What Democrats thought, or at least said, they were foisting on the American people doesn’t match the reality. Assuming that is true, you would think they would have the decency to suspend or cancel the law. After all, when one side misleads the other in a contract, that is grounds for vitiating the deal. When both are mistaken as to a key element of the deal, the contract is void. So far, however, the Democrats have shown no intention to make it up to the American people. It seems only fair they should answer a few simple questions:
• Would they have voted for the bill if it was widely known that you could keep individual health-care insurance only in very narrow circumstances?
• Would they have voted for the bill if it was widely known that new insurance in the exchanges might be worse than existing insurance and/or cost more?
• Would they have voted for the bill if it was widely known some doctors and some hospitals would not be available to them through the exchanges?
If the answer is that they still would have voted for the bill, then voters can judge them accordingly. If the answer is that they would not have passed the bill as it was written, then it stands to reason they must change the bill or repeal it.
I suppose Democrats could claim ignorance of the law they rammed through on a party-line vote. Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did say they had to pass it before they could find out what was in it. Simply because the president wasn’t candid doesn’t alleviate their responsibility both to find out what was in the bill they voted for and to continue oversight of the process. However, most Democrats had no interest in doing either.
The idea was to get “something” passed, fix it later and defend it to the bitter end against Republicans. President Obama and the White House bear the blame for the rollout disaster, but Democrats have their own liability. So long as Obamacare remains in place, that will be Republicans main grounds for attacking the Senate Democrats and for keeping the House in the GOP’s hands.