It’s like this administration doesn’t want to learn.
Administration officials scrambled Friday to find a quick fix to a problem President Obama said would never come about — millions of insurance policies canceled for people who have health plans they want to keep.
But as the controversy threatened Obama’s efforts to reassure fellow Democrats that he had things under control, administration officials and policy experts said they didn’t yet have a plan to solve the problem without further bogging down the president’s signature health reform plan.
Seriously? Seriously? Look, we are no longer in the land of the simple solution. Contrary to the apparent mindset of the hothouse flower technocrats that have flocked to this administration the way that pigeons flock to a pile of bread: people tend to try the obvious answers and easy fixes first. There probably never was a simple solution to the problem Obama is facing – which is to say, he lied to people about how they could keep their plan if they liked it* – and even if there was, well, that ship has sailed.
I will have to break my usual rule about political books and read the postmortems on this administration. There’s a definite missing mechanism in the executive branch; it’s like they don’t know how to break contract from a failure. Which is precisely the problem, of course. The media always did it for the Obama administration before, but the media is having too much fun right now consuming what they love.
*Here’s something that a lot of the people trying, valiantly**, to push back the grandfathering tide either cannot or will not admit: prior to Obamacare when people changed their health care plans, or had their plans changed for them, the majority of them didn’t really think that they were changing their plans at all. This was because their new plans were generally close to their old ones in price, deductible, network… sure, prices went up, but they did so at a level that did not trigger sticker shock for most people. But you cannot double a person’s premiums and deductible and not expect sticker shock. You simply cannot.
**I am a veteran of the 2006 and 2008 election cycles. I know what it’s like to look up and watch as the tsunami blots out the sun; and while I may not have any sympathy for the Obamacare rearguard I can indeed recognize as meritorious the trait that permit an activist to choose to go down swinging.