Even Democrats are starting to regret the passage of ObamaCare.
The Hill reports, “Sen. Tom Harkin, one of the coauthors of the Affordable Care Act, now thinks Democrats may have been better off not passing it at all and holding out for a better bill.” He goes on to lament the complexity of the bill.
This argument over the complexity of ObamaCare was recently echoed by former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She told USA Today, “A lot of Americans have no idea what insurance is about. I think the financial literacy of a lot of people, particularly people who did not have insurance coverage or whose employers chose their coverage and kind of present it to them, is very low — and that has been a sort of stunning revelation. It’s not because people hid it from folks. It’s because this is a complicated product.”
Add Sebeilus to the list, along with Jonathan Gruber, who believe the American people to be too stupid to understand things like ObamaCare and health insurance. Unbelievable.
Anyway, Harkin went on to admit, “We had the power to do it in a way that would have simplified healthcare, made it more efficient and made it less costly and we didn’t do it. So I look back and say we should have either done it the correct way or not done anything at all.”
But for Democrats like Harkin, the solution is a single-payer system. His position would be the opposite of what Americans want.
According to a new Gallup poll, “The majority of Americans do not feel that the federal government should take on the role of making sure that all Americans have healthcare coverage.”
Harkin isn't the only Democrat who is regretful of ObamaCare. Last week Senator Chuck Schumer lamented the fact that Democrats squandered their perceived voter mandate at the time on healthcare.
He also feels that the complication of ObamaCare is its biggest downfall, which misses the bigger picture. It's not the complicated nature of ObamaCare that has Americans opposed to it; Americans do not want the government mandating health coverage and they certainly don't want the government driving up prices by limiting private options or hampering doctors with burdensome regulations.
But Democratic regret over ObamaCare isn't pervasive on the Left. Schumer's comments last week set off a firestorm of responses from the White House, Nancy Pelosi and others. In fact, an opinion piece in the New York Times this week asks, “Is ObamaCare Destroying the Democratic Party?”
Let's not forget that almost half of the Democratic senators (28) who voted for ObamaCare in 2010 are no longer in office. While ObamaCare may not be the reason, it is absolutely a factor in the political fallout we've seen over the last few years, according to the polls.
ObamaCare was sold to us as one big lie. The Democrats knew this but wouldn't admit that Republicans were right about its true nature. Now we are supposed to sympathize with Democrats who are upset over how ObamaCare turned out? No. The great ObamaCare experiment has failed. Repealing and replacing ObamaCare with market-based solutions is what the American people deserve.