Unfortunately, the audio on the NPR web page for the story goes to the odious vote of the Church of England to ordain women as bishops. I managed to download the file from the rundown page. Hopefully the file confusion will be fixed and you can listen to it on audio. But maybe all NPR’s tech people have been drafted to go try to complete healthcare.gov.
But this shameless piece encapsulates the Liberal arrogance. They never admit they have messed up. They just blame Republicans for not cooperating with their “fixes.” Consider the title on the summary:
Congressional Dysfunction Makes Corrections To Health Law A No-Go
Aside from technological problems that have plagued the roll out of the federal health exchange, some smaller technical problems with the Affordable Care Act have also emerged — things like unclear definitions and legislative language that have unintended consequences and remain unfixed. Once upon a time, after Congress passed a mega-bill, it followed with “technical corrections” to fix definitions, numbers, funds, minor policy fixes. But that’s not so easy in these dysfunctional days, when Republicans want to repeal the health law and Democrats fear re-opening a can of worms.
When Nancy Pelosi said that we need to pass the bill to see what’s in it, NPR now reveals that she was dead right. But of course, NPR does not mention that extremely relevant quotation. That would not help their narrative which is about redefining national opposition and national resistance as “congressional dysfunction.”
For the first two minutes of the piece, the “technical corrections” are presented as normal needs of any “mega-bill.” But then we are suddenly informed that these corrections are especially needed for Obamacare “because of the way the law was passed.”
The “typical fine tuning” was “not done.” With as much positive spin as can be produced, listeners are informed that the Senate rushed to get the bill passed by Christmas 2009 (“in a flurry” they say). At that point the bill was supposed to be reconciled with the congressional version in a Senate Conference committee. But voters put another Republican into the Senate, removing a Democrat. Suddenly the Democrats didn’t have the votes to pass the result of the committee’s work. So the Senate simply dispensed with the normal process and allowed the Senate bill to become the Affordable Care Act “by default.”
One expert was quoted that “they wound up in some cases where the corners don’t quite meet; the edges don’t match.”
In other words, the Affordable Care Act is, to follow the analogy of “corners” and “edges,” shoddy construction. And it is shoddy construction because the Democrats knew they were by no means popular enough to retain their mega-majority. They rushed out the law in order to get its fangs into the American legal environment before the voters could send in Republicans to stop it.
At this point in the story NPR finishes with a hard propaganda push: The Natonal Retail Federation opposed the bill, but now, says their lobbyist, “we have to live with this law,” so Republicans should work with Democrats to support the “technical corrections.” Does this mean Chamber of Commerce/Big Money Republicans are going to side with Democrats against the tea party? Another “expert” says that the fixes will happen “once it is clear that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”
Never. Never. Never.