“If it turns out that President Barack Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent, hardline, unreasonable, totalitarian mullahs in the world, but not with Republicans, maybe he’s not the problem!” – Jon Stewart
Perhaps he can make a deal because he’s giving the mullahs some of what they want? That often makes a great deal of difference when a deal is being made.
I find it interesting that both sides say no compromise but only the Republicans seem to be taking the heat. and those of you who believe that the Democrats would not do this same thing have very short memories. Like Social Security and the ADA the ACA is a pig in a poke, no one can tell exactly what is in there because so much is left to interpretation and because of this factor, its eventual application will most certainly grow just as SS and the ADA have.
Personally I believe that the Republicans are ill-advised to engage in this battle but I also know that it is not very often that you get something for nothing and that is what the ACA seems to be promising. More health care for less money. The major problem with the ACA in my mind is not what it is but what it will become. Something needed to be done about health care but this is an awful big chunk to bite off and it will become an entitlement that everyone expects to have in the future which will make it nearly impossible to change if we find that it is too expensive. An example of this is SS which provides an excellent lesson on what the ACA will become and as it expands the ACA just like Social Security will gain 3rd rail status politically. Touch it and you die.
As to the ACA being the law of the land…The House of Representatives holds the purse strings and no matter how scary that may be, that is also the law of the land. I did find it to be a nice juxtaposition in Stewart’s comment however where he in effect called Republicans all those names without actually doing it……. I am sure that Republicans have never been called terrorists in such a nice way.
At this point should the Republicans should get out of the way and let it go while prepared to carefully consider future interpretations of the law. Interpretation that will most certainly occur. But I fear that will only happen if the Democrats and the President are smart enough to figure out some way to let the Republicans save face instead of grinding them in the dirt. It has been my experience that when “No Compromise” is the mantra of both sides that at least one side will seek revenge down the road and often times both sides will engage in an unending circle of blame, accusation and nitpicking. Oh wait, that’s already happened it’s called the U.S. Congress.