11/13/13, "It's a trap!" Erick Erickson, RedState
"Republicans are walking into a trap and they don’t even realize it. They are about to consider, in the House of Representatives,
legislation by Congressman Upton that would allow people to keep their
There’s a problem though. It is widely acknowledged that Congressman
Upton’s legislation is more messaging than substance. His legislation
does not have anything in it that can force insurance companies, in the
topsy-turvy world of Obamacare, to keep insurance plans going.
But there is a plan than does. Senator Mary Landrieu has written
legislation in the United States Senate that the Democrats love. It mandates
insurance companies have to keep people on their present insurance.
The GOP is supposedly against mandates and against government forcing
private businesses and individuals into contracts they don’t want.
Here’s what is going to happen.
The House, with the help of a good number of Democrats, will pass the
Upton plan and send it to the Senate. Harry Reid will substitute the
Landrieu plan and send it back to the House. The House will be forced
to either vote for the Landrieu plan or be characterized as siding with
insurance companies against people.
In one fell swoop, the Democrats will have the GOP on record saving
Mary Landrieu’s re-election in Louisiana by casting her as the one who
saved Americans’ health care plans, and also getting on record as really
being in favor of fixing Obamacare with the use of mandates.
In truth, Obamacare is not fixable. The only solution is to fully
repeal it. The Republicans should not be helping Democrats with their
re-election plans, which is all the are doing with Upton/Landrieu. The GOP is walking right into the trap."
2 among comments to above post:
6 hours ago
"Repeal this nightmare! As an employee of a medical insurance company, Erick IS RIGHT. The
cancelled plans are no longer available, gone, kaput, finished, fini!!
To "mandate" private companies to scramble to comply with new
bureaucratic edicts would JUST HASTEN the further destruction of that
industry. AND it amounts to a delay of the individual mandate forcing
Americans to purchase health insurance plans "acceptable" to the
omniscient-preniscient-benevolent BIG BROTHER. THEN the employer mandate
kicks in and we are WORSE off! If you think that 5 MILLION insureds
being cancelled is APPALLING, then wait until the employer mandate
causes MILLIONS of additional plans to be cancelled. REPEAL it. This
was a PLANNED destruction of the insurance industry.
This country hasn't had a "free market" economy operating within the
insurance industry for decades and this is the final lunge for the
"kill". Government regulations already interfered with the public's
ability to purchase certain medical insurance plans across State lines,
impeding the ability of true supply/demand to operate and contribute to
11 hours ago
than a scam to put the blame for
cancelled policies onto the insurance companies instead of the ACA that
caused the cancellations in the first place."