To the editor:
Jim Cain’s recent opinion piece (”Parties must cooperate to make health care work,” Dec. 9) attacks the Republicans for all aspects of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). According to Cain, it was the Republicans’ fault that the Democrats had “to pass the bill in order to see what was in it.”
In Cain’s twisted logic, it is the Republicans’ fault that the ACA is a disaster, since the Democrats really wanted a single-payer health insurance system but had to compromise and creates the ACA. Of course, he neglects to mention that the Democrats refused any Republican input on the bill and that the bill passed without a single Republican vote in either the House or Senate.
This, of course, means that if the Democrats really wanted a single-payer system, they could have passed it since they had filibuster-proof control of both Houses of Congress for 2009 and 2010. No, Mr. Cain, the Democrats own the ACA 100 percent.
Now Cain is evidently saying that the rollout of the ACA is the Republicans’ fault because they tried to repeal it. Unfortunately for Mr. Cain’s logic, since the law has been “settled law” since 2010, implementation of the law was entirely in the hands of the president and his administration.
The only one who has been able to make any changes to the law since it was passed is the president - which he has done illegally, beyond his Constitutional powers, by giving waivers to corporations and labor unions and then delaying the corporate mandate for one year.
The Republicans have done him a favor by not impeaching him for usurping Congress’ Constitutional powers.
No, Mr. Cain, it is the Obama administration and the Democrats who are solely responsible for the website debacle, the cancellation of millions of people’s insurance policies and the inability of many people to keep their doctors or hospitals under the ACA.
All of this could have been avoided if the Senate Democrats had passed the House bill to delay the individual mandate for one year. That would have bought time for the website to be made ready, and for Congress to negotiate fixes to the ACA to avoid the cancellations and other problems. But the Democrats refused, and now it is time for them to own up to their mistakes and face the consequences in the 2014 midterm elections.