Did Democrats understand ObamaCare?

WSJ poses an interesting question. Did Democrats ever understand the ObamaCare they voted for. If they did understand it, then they voted for it knowing it would be a four-lane loser that would require lots of fixes, postponements and cancellations. If they did not understand it, then they were negligent and irresponsible.

So those who voted for ObamaCare were either willfully wicked, wishing to impose on their fellow citizens lots of grief and expense, or else they were stupid and out-of-touch. In either case, seems pretty bad for them.

There is the additional possibility. Perhaps liberals were cynical and calculating. They purposely created a system messed up on such a monumental scale that they can now claim that only the Federal government can sort it out. This is the triumph of hope over experience, but that is sort of the liberal way.

Posted by Christine & John at November 26, 2013 8:36 AM
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According to Conyers the ACA was “a necessary platform for building toward a single-payer health-care system in the United States.” That was the main reason he and others like Sanders and McDermott supported it. I don’t think any of them thought of the specific impacts only that it would be so screwed up that single payer would become a viable solution.

Right now the biggest growth under the ACA is Medicaid. Remember the original ACA had mandatory expansion of the program in all States; had they gotten that pass the court we wouldn’t even be talking about the website or the individual market. We would only be talking about Medicaid.

Of course the WP said that 9 out of 10 ACA enrolls to date are to Medicaid, so we will probably be talking about this in about a month.

Posted by: George in SC at November 26, 2013 3:17 PM
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Most democrats understood it was going to be better than the broken system we had before it. Some even believed it might be the stepping stone to a single payer system later on after the shortcomings of a private insurance exchange based system touted by Republicans previously, became evident.

Posted by: David R. Remer at November 27, 2013 11:08 AM
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Then most democrats didn’t, and still don’t, understand it.

Posted by: kctim at November 27, 2013 12:46 PM
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Polls show 53% of Americans are taking a wait and see on ObamaCare before judging it a success or failure. That would be registered Democrats and a sizable portion of independents, and few Republicans.

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