Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The Puzzle Of The GOP's Faux Federalism Fetish
A CNN host confronted a Republican congresswoman on Tuesday for dismissing some of the successes uninsured people have has in signing up for Obamacare, accusing the GOP lawmaker of rooting for the law’s failure.
The heated exchange came in response to comments made by Gov. Steve Beshear (D-KY), who told CNN that his state-operated exchange, Kynect, is working well in Kentucky. “We’re signing up people at roughly a thousand a day. It’s a great rate and a great success so far,” he told on CNN’s “New Day,” describing the market as “a gold standard because it’s working.”
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) dismissed the state’s progress, however, insisting that Obamacare has “completely failed” and arguing that the governor is praising the program for political purposes.
I'm not suprised by this. Yet it still is hard for me to wrap my head around the idea that the folks who tell us states do stuff right and the Feds can't will suddenly turn around and deny that the states are doing stuff right.
And why would they reject exchanges that they could've controlled at the state level instead of forcing their constituents to go through the dastardly Federal site? I wonder what it would have looked like if those states had actually done right by the people and their own asserted philosophy.
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Howard Dean seems to think that the federal exchanges may be a backdoor way to single payer. Those opposed to their own states running the exchanges may be secret socialists hiding behind Neo-Confederate speechifying.
Posted by: Zorrillo | Oct 22, 2013 8:07:06 PM