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  •  Republicans in disarray over health care (3+ / 0-)
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    from Ross Douthat, of all people:

    That gap between conservative policy wonks and G.O.P. politicians has been with us for some time, but last week supplied a particularly stark reminder of its existence. Nearly all of the plausible conservative blueprints for reform involve increased funding for high-risk pools where people with pre-existing conditions can purchase insurance, as an alternative to regulations requiring that insurers cover all applicants regardless of their health status. These pools exist under Obamacare as well, but they’re purely transitional and deeply underfunded — and this underfunding provided an opportunity that Eric Cantor and the House Republican leadership tried to exploit last week, with a bill that would have shifted $3.6 billion in money that’s basically being used as the Health and Human Services Department’s discretionary fund into the federal high-risk pool instead.

    Instead, the bill died because, well, too many House Republicans didn’t want to vote for it.

    And a comment from Ben Domenech on the House "conservatives":
    As they tend to do, however, fiscal conservatives split on Cantor effort. It was opposed by the Heritage Foundation, the Club for Growth, and “Tea Party leader” Brent Bozell. Redstate announced it would be scoring the vote … They described the step, in insulting fashion to anyone who understands the policy involved, as an Obamacare “fix” …

    This type of strategic idiocy has been the mark of conservatives throughout the process of Obamacare’s passage and implementation, so expecting them to be smarter now is probably too much to ask. Whatever the motives of the conservatives who opposed this measure, they have accomplished the following ultimate goal: they’ve made leadership less likely to take up any possible wedge legislation on implementation; they’ve missed an opportunity to bolster the argument that Republicans care about pre-existing conditions; and, most importantly, they’ve made it easier for Sebelius to implement the law …

    http://douthat.blogs.nytimes.com/...

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:10:25 AM PDT

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