Flip-Flopping Continues on Obamacare
Posted on September 22, 2012 by admin
From repeal to reform and back again, conservatives and the rest of the Obamacare -opposed teeter with a remarkable consistency. And the latest addition to the “unbalancing” act is none other than Kentucky’s Republican Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He wants Obamacare gone “root and branch” – just not in Kentucky.
Kynect, the state healthcare exchange established in Kentucky via the Affordable Care Act, is working wonders. Efficient and accessible, it’s providing health insurance to consumers in a competitive marketplace where premiums and services remain comparable. And best of all, unlike Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts, and more, folding to the federal exchange couldn’t be further from necessity.
Of course the senator doesn’t want to cut such a successful program.
That’s why the senator is skirting the issue, avoiding questions as best he can. His first measure of defense was to have his campaign spokeswoman, Allison Moore, address the issue. Speaking for the senator on a radio show, Moore stated that “If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace.”
It is to be assumed that Moore’s message is also McConnell’s. And there are two reasons why the Republican representative may be espousing these views. In the first instance, he’s merely looking to avoid fire from his constituents. McConnell understands the popularity of the state exchange and taking away his resident’s newly received benefits before the midterm elections would be his undoing. The second instance, however, paints McConnell as undecided on the healthcare law, battling back and forth between the advantages the ACA has provided to Kentucky and the supposed “harms” it’s enacting on the national healthcare system.
Either way, his message is clear: Obamacare bad, Kynect good.
However, there is one intrinsic problem in McConnell’s vision for the future of his state, and it goes back to the “root and branch” of the problem. Kynect is Obamacare. Obamacare is Kynect. And while Kentucky could always join the federal exchange – thus removing Kynect from existence – the opposite is not possible. There can be no Kynect without the Affordable Care Act. Removing the prime cog that sparked the state exchange – slapping away the federal hand that provided both funds and structure to the operation – would cause Kentucky’s system to collapse.
It’s with arguments like these that conservatives have backed themselves into a corner. They’ve got no weapons, no ammunition and their pants are hanging at their ankles when it comes to Obamacare. The ACA’s success is proven, and all politicians like McConnell can do is play at the public’s confusion. They must become double agents, diving so deep into their cover that their true beliefs and natures are lost in the lies.