Like a panicked teenager trying to clean up after a party before her parents get home, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is desperate to fix the Obamacare mess she created before voters have a chance to tell her what they think of her first term.
As millions of Americans have their insurance cancelled because of the law’s onerous coverage mandates, Shaheen is in retreat. She is joining a number of Democratic colleagues to delay or repeal pieces of the Affordable Care Act.
Shaheen now wants to push the law’s Open Enrollment deadline past March 31, giving people more time to purchase insurance they don’t want on a website that doesn’t work. She also says she wants to repeal the ridiculous tax on medical devices that helps fund the ACA, but can’t explain why she ever thought taxing wheelchairs and pacemakers would make health care less expensive.
It is important to note that the ACA only passed because Shaheen and 59 Democratic senators rushed it through the Senate. Rather than consider the entirely predictable consequences of this flawed legislation, or even take the time to read it, Shaheen voted to make health care less accessible and more expensive.
Shaheen joined President Obama in peddling the promise that everyone would be able to keep their doctor and their insurance policy if they liked it. There can be only two possible explanations. Either Shaheen was lying, or she didn’t have the first clue what she voting on.
Which is it, Senator?
— Guest editorial by Grant Bosse