Having passed on bringing a Republican-based solution to the health care dilemma the country faced, Bush, Pence and their colleagues did virtually nothing. And since the passage of the ACA into law — it is a “law” — they have used their offices to obstruct. Appearing before the Associated Press Managing Editors this past week, Pence urged journalists to join conservatives in suspending the law.
Instead of separating the widely accepted successful portions of the law — covering people with pre-existing conditions, ending policy terminations for the sick — and correcting the flaws such as what constitutes full-time employment and coverage, and allowing insurers to sell across state lines, the partisans on both sides dug in.
There is an abject, widespread collapse of leadership. The U.S. Capitol has become nothing more than an oozing, white pustule of festering and corrosive partisanship.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll revealed 63 percent are willing to replace their own member of Congress. Little wonder voters are saying, “a pox on both your houses.”
Brian Howey publishes at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Twitter at twitter.com/hwypol.