With all of the bills and proposals floating around the Hill today, one question seems to be driving the day: will Obama’s “fix” really fix his disastrous legislation? The answer is simple: of course, not. The fact of the matter remains that ObamaCare is simply beyond repair. As Dana Milbank, columnist at The Washington Post, said on the show today, ObamaCare has been an unrecoverable loss for Obama: “in many ways, this is game over for Obama’s presidency.” While there were many who attempted to warn of the impending doom Obamacare would bring, those conservatives were written off as obstructionists and heartless. All of that being said, there may still be reason to hope because many predict Obama’s proposal may actually undermine ObamaCare. So while Obama’s ‘fix’ might not fix ObamaCare, it might just fix the country’s real problem… for what could be better for America than destroying, once and for all, this horrific law.
Nelson: “You can’t put the toothpaste back into the tube”
Former Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) who now serves as the CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, voiced the concern of insurance companies who warn that President Obama’s decision yesterday to allow insurers to extend coverage of canceled policies threatens to undermine and destabilize the new insurance market. Laura first inquired whether Nelson, who was the deciding vote for cloture on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), regretted his decision to support the bill’s passage. Nelson argued that his decision was the lesser of two evils because “the [worse] alternative to the bill that finally went through was a budget reconciliation bill that included a single-payer option - a plan that was called the public option,” he said. But Laura pressed Nelson and pointed out that if he was the deciding vote for cloture on the ACA it would appear that the votes for a single-payer option would not have existed. However, Nelson was adamant that the public option legislation “did not require 60 votes, [because] it was a simple majority,” and that even if other Democrats disagreed with the public option there still could have been “at least 51 votes” available for passage. When Laura asked him whether he foresaw the problem of consumers being kicked off of their current health insurance plans because of Obamacare, Nelson responded that “that is the concern of the insurance commissioners today - that you can’t un-ring the bell and that you can’t put toothpaste back into the tube; that when you change the rules at the very end, you create an entirely new set of consequences that have to be dealt with… [which] is very difficult.”