Too bad "its pretty clear" what Mr. Macaluso stands for: cheering President Obama regardless of impact or effect.
The issue that the 1-year extension addresses isn't permanently torpedoing ACA - it's addressing millions of people that lost insurance due to timing of the law's implementation and failure of the website enrollment processes and even paper-based signups. Something is better than nothing.
It's a "gift" to Obama and his ACA staff to get one more year to work kinks out before again enacting the mandate to provide minimum insurance coverages, trouble-free inline enrollments, keep same insurers, doctors, etc...
ACA is herre to stay - no matter what Dems or Reps do to each other, and no matter what one-sided opinions are expressed.
Mr. Macaluso needs to lift his head from blogs of the far LEFT wing of the Democrat Party, and consider both wings when preaching on topics.
With the slow-motion disaster of Omabacare rolling out and expected to unfold over the next year and beyond, no one could blame the Republicans for following the adage: “Never interfere while your opponent is self-destructing”. Politically the Democrats are getting what they deserve, but unfortunately real damage is being done to the American people, our health care system and the US economy. Millions of Americans are being served with insurance cancellation notices as a planned consequence of Obamacare, and it is estimated that tens of millions who are employed by small business will lose their insurance when the Obamacare business mandate kicks in. Despite the promises that a. people could keep their existing health insurance plans, b. health insurance costs would go down and c. the program would not add to the national deficit, the indicators are all in the opposite direction.
The Democrats must have assumed they would forever be in control of the government to pass such a huge program without bipartisan support. Republicans, left completely out of the creation of their big-government program, were justified but unsuccessful in trying to defund and delay the disaster. There are now some Democrats actually calling for delaying the ACA – better late than never. In reaction to the passing of Obamacare the Republicans took control of the House and almost regained the Senate. They could regain all of Congress in 2014.
Support for the ACA is now at an all-time low and a CBS poll shows that 93% of Americans want Obamacare repealed or repaired. Given that public mandate, Obama and the Democrats have no alternative but to cooperate with Republicans to fix the problem they created (if possible). That may mean scrapping the ACA and starting over, keeping some of the features that people like, but moving more towards a free-market rather than a big-government solution; Allowing insurance companies to sell policies in all states, for example. They should do away with the onerous individual and business mandates in favor of economic incentives and find simpler ways to insure those who have had trouble getting health insurance instead of disrupting the entire health care system.
Obama cannot unilaterally ‘tweak’ the law anymore. (The constitutionality of all of his changes so far notwithstanding). There has already been a bipartisan vote in the House to begin fixing Obamacare, a law that lets people keep their insurance as was promised. It’s time for Obama to admit there is a problem and get on with addressing it.
It should be named, " Cover our Backsides until after the Congressional Elections Act!"
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