That's Kind Of You, Ma'am, But We Really Can't Take The Credit

A professor who teaches constitutional law courses at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice penned a Christmas Day essay blaming “southern White radicals” for the disastrous, slow-motion train wreck failure that has been the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
I'd love to think that those of us who are utterly, totally opposed to this government takeover of health care have had a leading role in destroying it. It'd be nice to think so, because this bill was passed not only over our objections but in absolute defiance of every elected official we sent to Washington. Not one single vote for the bill came from us. How nice if there were a price for that.

The truth is, they got there wholly on their own. They didn't seek our support because they didn't need it, and having rammed this through both houses of Congress (and gotten a compliant Supreme Court to rewrite it so it sort-of passes Constitutional muster), they built it all on their own. Whenever they chose, they made unilateral changes to the law via executive mandates from the President or HHS.

It's their baby, front to back. The problems it has are not, alas, any fault of ours.


DL Sly said...

I was reading the other day that one of the talking points for the upcoming year is to start calling the ACA "RepubliCare"....cause, yanno, Republicans had sooo much input into the whole debacle.

Texan99 said...

Nothing like watching the One's signature achievement become something they have to blame Republicans for. Like "Hey! I knew this wouldn't work. Republicans made me do it."

It's probably our fault that 2/3 of Americans don't like it, too.

DL Sly said...

Or, "Hey, I wanted to read the bill, those damn Republicans wouldn't let us!"

And, Tex, it *is* our fault, don'cha know, that American's don't like it, *we* wouldn't set up the state exchanges, so that's why the $650 billion boondoggle of a .gov website was overloaded and crashed when those dozens of people tried to log on.

Gringo said...

I thought that academics liked radicals.

Grim said...

Exceptis excipiendis.