Fast Focus: 'Should Congress hold the budget hostage to kill Obamacare?' The non-negotiating president

October 6, 2013 

I definitely do not think that Congress should use the budget as leverage to kill Obamacare. Fortunately that is not what the current dispute is about (apparently the Tri-City Herald didn't get the memo); the Republicans want to delay the Individual Mandate -- the requirement that all American citizens purchase health care coverage -- for one year. Obama has declared he will not negotiate with the Republicans, and, by extension, the American people. Yet he already has negotiated with thousands of companies that have sought, and received, exemptions from Obamacare. He also has negotiated with unions, who originally were strong supporters of the legislation. He has also negotiated with Congress, who do want themselves and their staff to have their insurance subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. Obama negotiated with insurance companies to delay caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs. Obama delayed, with no consultation with Congress, enforcement of eligibility requirements (can you spell F-R-A-U-D?). In short, Obama does whatever he wants to, but rails at the thought of negotiating with Republicans.

Oh, by the way, the "Affordable" Care Act appears to be anything but. Premiums are skyrocketing (doubling and tripling), even though Obama promised health care insurance premiums would DROP by $2,500 per family. This can be added to his long list of lies, right behind the Most Transparent Administration in history and "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. Period." Unfortunately, the problems with Obamacare are going to get much worse before they get better (if they ever do). Welcome to the new world order: You voted for it, now you've got it.

-- TOM SEIM, Richland

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