Monday, July 2, 2012

The GOP plan for the uninsured

For those who don't have time to watch this video of Senator McConnell's remarks on one of the Sunday talk shows, here's a handy summary.  The question, which is repeated several times, is what is the GOP's plan to find coverage for the 30 million uninsured after they supposedly repeal the Affordable Care Act. Minority leader Mitch McConnell trots out a number of answers: 

"I'll get to it in a minute (actually I'm never going to get to it)."

"Let me tell you about some other things we're not going to do."

"What we're going to do is go step by step to do a bunch of other things that will not address that problem."

"I can't hear you. My fingers are in my ears."

"Who thinks that is a problem we are supposed to address?"

Why do you keep asking me that? Isn't this Fox News?"

"We're just not going to do it, OK?"


  1. I watched that yesterday. Good interview by Wallace (classy guy) but the answers were horrible. Just horrible. Why even go on?!

  2. What he should have said was that the attempt at sweeping reform that hallmarked the failure of Hillarycare and now Obamacare was/is ill advised (as Rahm knew). What he should have said was that reform in a piece by piece manner is needed.

  3. The debate over whether we should have done this in a more incremental manner, as Rahm Emanuel originally advocated, is pretty much of only historical interest now. (And Rahm has now admitted that he was wrong about that anyway.)

    Mitch McConnell in his more lucid moments also recognizes that the debate is over. He will put on a good charade until the election, and then will shelve the whole idea. Even if the Republicans win the White House, they would probably only be able to pass some modest changes in this law. It will never be repealed.

    Here is what McConnell said when he was touring some Kentucky hospitals today or yesterday:

    "If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I'd say the odds are still on your side. Because it's a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place."

    I would say that pretty much means, game over.

  4. We agree that McConnell is a hot mess.

    Where we part ways is that I know Obamacare is a HOT MESS.

  5. The odds are against repeal; like the odds were against the SCOTUS upholding most of the bill. To say game over is silly.

    Most of the left was saying this SCOTUS was one of the most radical ever. Now they are suddenly thoughtful. Check yourself. Everything is fluid.

  6. Notice that I was not one of those saying the Supreme Court was going to overturn the Affordable Care Act. I was worried after the oral argument, but I always thought it would be upheld. Therefore you should take my predictions seriously. I know I'm going out on a bit of a limb by saying the ACA will never be repealed, but I don't think I'm being silly. And remember you heard it here first. It will never be repealed.

  7. Credit given ... you did hold out hope and had an arguement.