So Obama is meeting with Congressional Democrats to try to find ways to save his disatrous signature legislation known as Obamacare from being decmated by Republicans in 2017.
You have to wonder why, except that he still thinks his legislaton has done some good.
At this point, only die-hard Socialists and Congressional Democrats (redundant, I know) still believe that this ranks as some kind of accomplishment worthy of being proud. It isn't.
Sure, they'll trot out inflated government numbers showing 18-20 million people are now insured under Obamacare, ignoring that over 10 million of those people had their existing health care policies cancelled by Obamacare in the first place. They'll ignore the double-digit premium increases, even though they claimed that health care prices would drop under Obamacare. They'll conveniently forget that many people liked their policies and doctors, but couldn't keep their policies or doctors, even though they promised that Obamacare would deliver on those promises. And finally, they'll crow about the few rare states which have made Obamacare work, never mentioning the deficits that those states and the Federal government are racking up in subsidies to keep their wonderful piece of legislative cow flop alive. Heck, the most costly of provisions in Obamacare (the employer mandate and Cadillac plan fines) haven't even been implement yet, and it's still an unmitigated disaster of a legislation.
Yet Congressional Democrats are going to fight tooth and nail, in some weird political Quixotic quest, to keep Obamacare alive.
Even as they have no chance to do so.
House Democrats have nothing close to the numbers needed to slow down or derail any legislation that Republicans want to pass. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Clueless) can bray all she wants, but not only does she not have any bullets in her gun, she has no gun and no holster; thus being the woeful state of Congressional elections following her pathetic term as Speaker and two terms of Barack Obama as President.
Her colleagues in the Senate with their arcane filibuster rules would normally fare much better, except for one problem - they passed Obamacare on a simple majority vote, and made it stick. Senate GOP leaders can now point to this precedence are justification for repealing the legislation, and with a GOP President in the Oval Office come January 21st, they'll be no veto to override that needs 60 votes.
Karma is a bitch.
Just a little willingness to work with Republicans back in 2009, allowing them some amendments that got them some things they wanted in health care legislation, and the last few elections might just have gone a different way for Democrats. But intransigence has it's price, and Obamacare is about to pay heavily for it.
To be sure, Republicans need to keep a couple of provisions in their replacment plan, especially the one where insurers can't cancel or refuse to insure someone, but the rest of Obamacare needs a stake in it's proverbial heart. And the sooner, the better.
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