What’s Your Alternative, Mr. Fournier?   Leave a comment

You know, the more I read stories such as Ron Fournier’s over at National Journalthe more I’m beginning to agree with Booman Tribune’s view of Mr. Fournier (i.e. that Mr. Fournier is a wanker)…quoting National Journal:

It’s getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act. The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists, and naïve columnists like me came Monday from the White House, which announced yet another delay in the Obamacare implementation.

For the second time in a year, certain businesses were given more time before being forced to offer health insurance to most of their full-time workers. Employers with 50 to 99 workers were given until 2016 to comply, two years longer than required by law. During a yearlong grace period, larger companies will be required to insure fewer employees than spelled out in the law.

Not coincidentally, the delays punt implementation beyond congressional elections in November, which raises the first problem with defending Obamacare: The White House has politicized its signature policy.

The win-at-all-cost mentality helped create a culture in which a partisan-line vote was deemed sufficient for passing transcendent legislation. It spurred advisers to develop a dishonest talking point—“If you like your health plan, you’ll be able to keep your health plan.” And political expediency led Obama to repeat the line, over and over and over again, when he knew, or should have known, it was false.(National Journal)

Now, before my fellow liberals and progressives start reaching for their pitchforks, here me out…like many Americans, I’m getting a little tired and frustrated with all the delays that the administration has used to keep the ACA from falling to pieces. Yes, I supported the ACA during its’ long slog through Congress and though, I’d loved to have seen “medicare-for-all” (a/k/a single payer) implemented instead of what eventually became ObamaCare, this is a good law in my opinion…

Why do I know that? Because for the first time since 2010, I have decent, quality health insurance; even though having been on disability since mid-to-late 2010 has qualified me for Medicare coverage, it feels damn good to have a health-insurance policy that I can fall back on if need be. Yes, the law’s has its’ faults; yes, the administration screwed up royally with that statement above in Fournier’s piece and yes, I wish the administration would just quit delaying the various mandates; all it does is (a)prolong the law’s final implementation and (b)give opponents more ammunition to use in the mid-term elections.

My question to Mr. Fournier: even given all this, the Affordable Care Act is a damn sight better that what had passed for health insurance (in both legal and practical terms), so why the hell are you giving Pres. Obama’s opponents fuel to use against him? Could ya’ answer that, wanker?

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Posted February 11, 2014 by Matthew in Uncategorized

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