Dianne Feinstein Jumps Ship on Obamacare

More than 1 million cancellation notices have been sent to Californians as the Affordable Care Act begins allowing individuals to buy insurance through exchanges, Jones said. The federal law requires policies to offer minimum levels of coverage, forcing companies to terminate many existing plans. But Jones said that under the law, insurers have another year to do so.

Source: CBS Sacramento

Over 1 million cancellations? In California alone?

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Dianne Feinstein has to move quickly to save face, although I’m not sure hers is a face worth saving.

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california-democrat-signs-onto-a-bill-that-would-allow-people-to-keep-their-health-insurance-plansMaybe she should have read it before she voted on it.

In another crushing blow to the delicate ego of our President, Dianne Feinstein has joined a push to amend the law that carries his name. She has joined Mary Landrieu, a fellow Senate Democrat from Louisiana, in a push to amend the Affordable Care Act to allow people to keep their current coverage.

Politico reports:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that she will co-sponsor a bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to require insurance companies to continue offering their existing health care plans — a way to make good on President Barack Obama’s promise that consumers can keep their current coverage if they like it.

“This bill provides a simple fix to a complex problem,” Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday, calling Landrieu’s proposal a “commonsense fix” and urged Congress to pass it “quickly.”

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has no plans to bring Obamacare delay bills to the floor, and most Senate Democrats appear to be waiting until the end of the month — the date by which the administration has promised to fix the problematic health care website — to demand major delays to the law’s implementation.

Feinstein’s support is more evidence that an increasing number of congressional Democrats are getting uneasy about last month’s bungled rollout of the health care law – Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.

Obamacare was a bad bill and is an even worse law. Democrats are desperate to save their own reputations now, but the facts remain. This law passed without a single republican vote. If McCain and Graham won’t vote for it, it must be really bad. No one wanted to talk about delays and no one wanted to talk about defunding it, at least on that side of the aisle.

Feinstein did what politicians do. She voted for the ideas of her party and in the end she found out that those ideas were horrible, though she may not admit it in those words. Now she thinks she can fix something that cannot be fixed. The cancelled policies are only the tip of the iceberg.

Some real common sense would be very welcome in Washington D.C. at this point. But that common sense is not synonymous with the “commonsense fix” that Feinstein speaks of. Putting lipstick on a pig does not change the fact that it’s still a pig.

Rather than trying to fix The Affordable Care Act it would be wise to heed the words of an age old adage:

You can’t fix stupid!

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