Ron, Ron, What Were You Thinking?by Art Jacobson on Oct. 01, 2013, under Affordable Care Act, Boehnercare, Grand ol' Tea Party, Health Care, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Obamacare, Politics
Well, according to his most recent e-mail, Congressman Barber was thinking only of his constituents when he joined his Republican colleagues in voting for a one year delay in the mandate that everyone sign up for health insurance. (The linchpin of the Affordable Care Act.)
“Under the Affordable Care Act, many Americans will begin purchasing health insurance for the first time. Giving people an extra year to meet the requirements of the law before charging them penalties is the right thing to do. My vote last night to delay the individual mandate for one year did just that.” Quoth he.
The Republican strategy in this proposal was the hope that by delaying the mandate they could delay participation and show that the ACA wasn’t working. Fortunately the Senate pushed back on that one. The time for delay was over.
His vote was a clever political move on Barber’s part, if too cynical for my taste. When election time rolls around he can point to this vote to ease the concerns of his more conservative constituents that he was too liberal…and he could point out to Democrats who still support him that he knew Harry Reid would save the day.
Have to give him credit for one thing, though, he’s giving his salary to Arizona charities. While thousands of furloughed government workers try to make ends meet I’m waiting for the Tea Party folks to do the same thing.