This story was linked as the main headline from the Drudge Report last night, and it was a deserving pick. It enrages me.
At the prodding of business organizations, House Republicans quietly secured a recent change in President Barack Obama’s health law to expand coverage choices, a striking, one-of-a-kind departure from dozens of high-decibel attempts to repeal or dismember it.
Democrats describe the change involving small-business coverage options as a straightforward improvement of the type they are eager to make, and Obama signed it into law. Republicans are loath to agree, given the strong sentiment among the rank and file that the only fix the law deserves is a burial.
“Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps the small businessman,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., one of several physician-lawmakers among Republicans and an advocate of repeal.
No member of the House GOP leadership has publicly hailed the fix, which was tucked, at Republicans’ request, into legislation preventing a cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.
It is unclear how many members of the House rank and file knew of it because the legislation was passed by a highly unusual voice vote without debate.
Several lobbyists and Republican aides who monitored the issue said the provision reflects a calculation that no matter how hard the party tries, the earliest the law can be repealed is after Obama leaves office in 2017. In the meantime, according to this line of thinking, small-business owners need all the flexibility that can get to comply with it.
How many corruptions and betrayals can we fit in one story?
We have here the willingness to vote for unread legislation. A fitting tribute to the Affordable Care Act itself. It is an outrageous betrayal of the concept of representative government. Virtually all Republican representatives acted as Pelosi-style “low information voters.”
We also have the oligarchy—the government within the government. There are embedded politicians who have the power to sneak their own will into the bills so that others will unknowingly vote for them. This was a trick, if the story is accurate; the people who “slipped in” the provision are traitors to the country.
And finally we have the willingness to make a bad law slightly better so that we are more likely to be left burdened with it forever. Every single “improvement” that Republicans make in the law will make the law that much harder to repeal. The only way we can win this battle is to let people feel the full weight of Liberal policy. Ameliorating the damage will protect Liberalism and leave us all burdened with it forever.
The fact that a small group was able to pull this off really makes me think my government is even more of a charade than I had realized before.