The Secretary of Explaining Things gave up. Instead of explaining why the policy is good and should stand and why the carping about “if you like your policy you can keep it” is just the usual political bullshit dressed up in the disguise of moral superiority, the former President went all 1990s style politics and triangulation on the ACA.
The GOP has a bone in their maw that is the POTUS’ inexact rhetoric and we know they will not let go. Hell, some of them are still trying to push Benghazi, a tragedy that they tried to turn into a scandal with absolutely no evidence of anything improper to point to. If anybody knows what kind of intellectual dishonesty the Republican party is capable of to attempt to gain political advantage, Bill Clinton should have a belly full of that first hand knowledge. The question for Democrats and the WH is do you stick with the policy, which will work and will work out better in the long run for the individuals who are being used now as pawns in the GOP’s anti-Obamacare game, OR go politics and try to do an end run around their single-minded cynical usage of an opportunity by using patented Clintonian triangulation mind-fu. Clinton chose classic Clinton.
I heard a caller on the radio this morning say to the effect that if anybody suffers from a policy change, then that’s a bad law. The problems with that are pretty obvious, no? There’s never been a policy promulgated by a government or agency that was absolutely a win for everyone, there’s always someone hurt by the policy. The goal isn’t perfection for all it’s THE GREATER GOOD. Helping the most people to the greatest extent possible with the fewest people negatively effected as possible. Nobody, or at least no adult, can possibly reasonably believe that no eggs get cracked in the making of an omelette.
But it seems to me that this is exactly the childish mindset that the GOP is trying to exploit. Never mind those helped, what about those hurt? And, of course, it fits their modus operandi of victimhood and high dudgeon on behalf of the questionably aggrieved. The rhetoric of “if you like your policy you can keep it” is the leverage, with a hint of truth to the accusation that it was a promise not kept, that they’re using as a fulcrum to lift the heavy weight of disingenuously decrying the rollout, the law and the presidency of Barack Obama.
In time the weight of those helped will way overwhelm those who may have to pay some more for similar (or better) coverage whose policies may well have been cancelled by their insurance provider with or without the ACA (are we holding the President to a promise that you could keep your insurance – even if the insurance company cancels it on you?). But right now it’s too easy for the people who have lied through their teeth for 3 years to make Democrats who supported the ACA squirm by the simplistic intonation that the President misled with his statements.
Completely defensible but complex Policy trumped by simple-minded politics once again.