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The Ignorance of Ron Fournier and the Genius of Mitch McConnell

By being really bad at his job, Ron Fournier has indirectly proven how good Sen. Mitch McConnell is at his job. Fournier wrote about the Affordable Care Act:

On health care, we needed a market-driven plan that decreases the percentage of uninsured Americans without convoluting the U.S. health care system. Just such a plan sprang out of conservative think tanks and was tested by a GOP governor in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney.

Instead of a bipartisan agreement to bring that plan to scale, we got more partisan warfare. The GOP resisted, Obama surrendered his mantle of bipartisanship, and Democrats muscled through a one-sided law that has never been popular with a majority of the public.

There are many legitimate criticisms that can made about Obamacare but complaining it is not enough like Romneycare is just insane. President Obama’s entire plan was to effectively create a national version of Romneycare. The basic design and elements are almost identical.

What this shows is there is an entire class of “centrist” pundits that know nothing and care nothing about actual policy. Their entire analytical skill is “bipartisan=good and partisan=bad,” regardless of which side is being more reasonable or has better ideas.

This is a complete vindication of McConnell’s pure obstructionism strategy. He reasoned that if he could simply deny Obama the bipartisan label he wouldn’t be able to sell his proposals to the Republicans or the self styled centrists. It worked.

No matter how many stupid conservative ideas Obama added to the Affordable Care Act, he was still never able to sell it to these self styled centrists because they only cared whether it got Republicans votes. Yet with each conservative policy adopted, Obama did manage to loss significant support from liberals who actually care about policy.

McConnell assured that Obama got all the blame for passing a partisan law without at least the benefit of making the base happy. Politically, it became the worst of all possible health care laws.

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The Ignorance of Ron Fournier and the Genius of Mitch McConnell

By being really bad at his job, Ron Fournier has indirectly proven how good Sen. Mitch McConnell is at his job. Fournier wrote about the Affordable Care Act:

On health care, we needed a market-driven plan that decreases the percentage of uninsured Americans without convoluting the U.S. health care system. Just such a plan sprang out of conservative think tanks and was tested by a GOP governor in Massachusetts, Mitt Romney.

Instead of a bipartisan agreement to bring that plan to scale, we got more partisan warfare. The GOP resisted, Obama surrendered his mantle of bipartisanship, and Democrats muscled through a one-sided law that has never been popular with a majority of the public.

There are many legitimate criticisms that can made about Obamacare but complaining it is not enough like Romneycare is just insane. President Obama’s entire plan was to effectively create a national version of Romneycare. The basic design and elements are almost identical.

What this shows is there is an entire class of “centrist” pundits that know nothing and care nothing about actual policy. Their entire analytical skill  is “bipartisan=good and partisan=bad,” regardless of which side is being more reasonable or has better ideas.

This is a complete vindication of McConnell’s pure obstructionism strategy. He reasoned that if he could simply deny Obama the bipartisan label he wouldn’t be able to sell his proposals to the Republicans or the self styled centrists. It worked.

No matter how many stupid conservative ideas Obama added to the Affordable Care Act, he was still never able to sell it to these self styled centrists because they only cared whether it got Republicans votes. Yet with each conservative policy adopted, Obama did manage to loss significant support from liberals who actually care about policy.

McConnell assured that Obama got all the blame for passing a partisan law without at least the benefit of making the base happy. Politically, it became the worst of all possible health care laws.

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Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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