House Republicans are scheduled to vote today on legislation to permit insurance companies to continue selling existing policies that have been ordered scrapped because they fall short of coverage standards in the law.
Passage is assured. Even some Democrats, including Georgia Congressman John Barrow, are expected to join their GOP colleagues and thumb their noses at the president’s fibbing.
Even the Democratic-controlled Senate is cracking.
Midday Thursday, Senate Democrats arranged a closed-door meeting in the Capitol with White House officials. Senators who are up for re-election next year are nervous and want political cover for their past support of Obamacare and the disastrous rollout of the president’s signature health care reform package.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is pushing a bill that, like the companion legislation in the House, would allow everyone to keep their present coverage if they want to.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn’t going to let this measure pass. He’s still the president’s right-hand enabler. But the bill will be tailored to allow at least five Democrat senators to vote “yes,” so they can go home and tell their constituents next year that tried to fix the problem.
But voters may not be so easily persuaded by this sleight of hand — or by the president’s weak attempt to make amends for fudging.
To add insult to more insult, Mr. Obama on Thursday announced changes to Obamacare to give insurance companies the option — but for only one year — to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.
“This fix won’t solve every problem for every person, but it’s going to help a lot of people,” the president said.
Not really. Instead, it’s just another example of the federal government kicking the can down the road.
This isn’t so hard. Mr. Obama should be a man of his word. If Americans like their health insurance plan, as he said multiple times, then they should be able keep them under Obamacare. Then thousands of Americans wouldn’t be forced to buy coverage for items they don’t need and pay higher premiums.
House and Senate members are no dummies and are rightly worried about the mid-term elections next year. They will show their nervousness today.
This is a time when Mr. Obama’s apology for lying — and his desperate effort to make up for it — ring hollow.