POSTED ON Oct 01st 2013 BY LESLIE LOFTIS UNDER Healthcare, Politics, US Media
I’m not weighing in on the shutdown, because my option was to accept the results of the election and not touch healthcare. The gap between expectations and reality is a chasm. Let it fall.
While I appreciate Sen. Cruz’s point about bringing Democrats to the table and making everyone take a vote stand, in the end we’ve just given everyone an excuse to blame us for the inevitable disaster. No one will care that the exchange problems, rate hikes, discontinued plans, exclusions and exceptions, all were baked in the cake long before the shutdown. From here on, all problems will allude to or hide behind Republican meddling. In fact, the most popular question on the healthcare.gov website last night was how to opt out of the penalty scheme. But that’s not the story today. The shutdown is.
I don’t have much to say save “I told you so.” The only winning move was not to play.