House on right track
The House of Representatives is on the right track in the Obamacare-government shutdown mess: Delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act by one year – and keep government running.
And why not? The Obama administration already has given business a year’s reprieve from the incredibly botched health care law, why not give the average American the same break? It would allow Congress time to address at least some of the glitches inherent in the mammoth legislation.
It is increasingly clear that Democrats fear any delay would allow the American people time to catch on and perhaps hasten the law’s demise. Unions, at first staunch backers, are turning on Obamacare, claiming it undermines the Middle Class, and it is hugely unpopular. As its provisions become better known, it only will become even less popular with the public.
The Senate, by refusing to compromise or even negotiate on Obamacare or the government shutdown – the House has sent that body four different proposals, only to see them swatted down in party-line votes – is showing just how partisan the questions really are.
House members also want to deny congressional staff and political appointees in the White House extra help in paying their skyrocketing health-care bill brought on by this poorly conceived piece of legislation that every American must now join or be tracked down by the IRS and fined – or as the Supreme Court put it, taxed.
We bet senators such as Mark Begich, facing tough re-election bids next year, are wondering just how bad all this can get.
Their cohorts in the Senate are busy building them an albatross, one feather at a time.