Saturday, October 26, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Wants to Kill the Affordable Care Act

Yes, she does.

From The Hill:

The Democratic challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said she's in favor of delaying ObamaCare's individual mandate until the enrollment website is fixed.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes came out for delaying the mandate and extending ObamaCare's enrollment period until, the law's troubled online portal, is fully functional.
That, you repug-lite little bitch, is far more lethal to the Affordable Care Act - the one that is saving the health and lives of 640,000 Kentuckians - than any number of "repeal" votes in Congress or anything Mitch McConnell has done in three and a half years of trying to kill it.

Charlie Pierce on the same trick being tried by another DINO:
Here's the thing, and it cannot be repeated enough -- without the individual mandate, the Affordable Care Act cannot work. This is a principle accepted by, among other critters, the Romneybot 1.0 when it was taking the same plan around its original test track, the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts (God save it!). Any attempt to eliminate, delay, disrupt or generally foozle around with the individual mandate is to cripple the law to one degree or another. If that's what you're aiming to do -- Hey, Marco! -- then you're OK with that. If that's what Joe Manchin is up to here, and the odds are pretty good that it is, then he needs to get slapped down, hard, by the Senate leadership. (Hell, he ought to be slapped down hard merely for broaching this cockamamie plan on Bill O'Reilly's Big Funhouse Of Megalomania.) The connection between the glitches and the individual mandate are tenuous at best. (The whole IRS-gonna-gitcha argument about the ACA was a wingnut bogeyman story in the first place, and it's even less believable now.) If Manchin wants to delay the mandate because he doesn't like it, he should say so, and he should admit hat he doesn't like the law, period, because, otherwise, he's saying he likes the law, but not the parts that make it work, and that would be a really dumb thing to argue. Then he should get the hell out of the way.
You ain't foolin' nobody, Alison. Not the Mitch supporters laughing their ass off at you doing their work for them, not ACA national champion (and leader of your state and your party, BTW) Governor Steve Beshear (who must be pulling out his hair and cursing your name at your betrayal) and most certainly not the Kentucky Democratic voters who have already written in their 2014 calendars to on no account bother to show up at the polls in November to vote, because there won't be a Democratic candidate running for U.S. Senate.

Unless we draft Steve Beshear.  Filing deadline is January 30.  

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