Monday, March 10, 2014

Most Flawed?

What comes to mind when we say "most flawed"? Perhaps something horrible. Perhaps something awful. Perhaps something incredibly busted.

So what came to Nevada Attorney General candidate Adam Laxalt's (R) mind when he declared Obamacare (aka the ACA, or the Affordable Care Act) to be "the most flawed piece of major legislation America has ever endured"? It certainly couldn't have been the US Supreme Court determining that the statute indeed passes Constitutional muster. It couldn't have been the growing number of Americans who are finally finding affordable health insurance thanks to ACA. And it couldn't be the actual content of the law, as that's allowed real people to access better health care.

So what is it? Oh wait, Rep. Joe Heck (R-Henderson) has said Obamacare has a lot of pages and Republicans "never had the chance to offer an alternative". It's true that Obamacare has a lot of pages, as it contains plenty of long awaited reforms to America's health care system. However, it's not true that Republicans never had an opportunity to offer alternatives. They did... They just never bothered to offer any.

Oh, and let's not forget that Obamacare is largely based on Romneycare, the Massachusetts health care reform plan that was advocated and signed into law by Republicans' 2012 Presidential Nominee. And that drew plenty of ideas from the Heritage Foundation, the very "conservative brain trust" that's now allegedly leading the "TEA" fueled charge against ACA.

So what does Adam Laxalt find "most flawed" about Obamacare? The fact that it's helping more Americans access better health care? The fact that it's based on policies that his fellow Republicans once embraced? The fact that fellow Nevada Republican Brian Sandoval has helped implement Obamacare here? Or is there something we're missing? Could it be that what's actually "most flawed" is the G-O-TEA's campaign of lies against ACA?

Maybe we're just reading too much into this. Maybe Adam Laxalt is just taking fellow Nevada Republican Pat Hickey's "helpful advice on minority outreach". But if that's the case, he needs to look for a new source for "helpful advice". If there's anything that's "most flawed"...

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