A mistake!? To repeatedly lie about a 2,000+ page piece of legislation and vote on it before you’ve read it!?? Say it ain’t so…
Guy Benson | Dec 04, 2014
First came this frank and stunning analysis from Chuck Schumer, an evidently disgruntled member of Senate Democrats’ leadership team. Now Iowa’s Tom Harkin — one of the ignominious 60 ‘yes’ votes for Obamacare who will be replaced by conservative Republican Joni Ernst in January — weighs in:
He wonders in hindsight whether the law was made overly complicated to satisfy the political concerns of a few Democratic centrists who have since left Congress. “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,” Harkin told The Hill. “So I look back and say we should have either done it the correct way or not done anything at all. “What we did is we muddle through and we got a system that is complex, convoluted, needs probably some corrections and still rewards the insurance companies extensively,” he added. … Harkin says in retrospect the Democratic-controlled Senate and House should have enacted a single-payer healthcare system or a public option to give the uninsured access to government-run health plans that compete with private insurance companies. “We had the votes in ’09. We had a huge majority in the House, we had 60 votes in the Senate,” he said.