Inside the Beltway: Obamacare ‘fix’ now in a fix

So much for President Obama’s convoluted announcement that offered home remedies for the big ills of health care reform, plus a one year sign-up reprieve for those who have lost their insurance. For a president who enjoys golf, the big news teed up Republican outrage to perfection. Oh, the irony.

Take Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, for example. He is chairman of the Republican Study Group, which offered its own alternative health care reform bill way back in September.

“His hollow press conference was like a person who burned down your house, later showing up with an empty bucket and talking about how inadequate your house was before the fire,” Mr. Scalise says.

But wait, there’s more.

“President Obama needs to admit that Obamacare cannot be fixed. Pointing fingers and claiming ignorance is not leadership,” says House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.

“This is a staggering display of a reckless president cavalierly instructing states to ignore federal law,” declares Texas Gov. Rick Perry, himself in presidential posturing mode, and irked that Mr. Obama suggests remedies at the state level.

“President Obama did succeed at one thing today — making a bad situation worse with a fix that will create more confusion for consumers and threatens to destabilize the health insurance industry,” Mr. Perry adds.

Still, some have advice for the Grand Old Party. Forget cozy compromise. “Bullied Republicans must insist on repeal and resist the pitfall of becoming part of a phony fix,” Rush Limbaugh told his audience in the aftermath of the president’s press conference.

“If you think that this has the potential of waking people up to the horrors of liberalism and voting Democrat, then the last thing you’d want to do is help fix it,” Mr. Limbaugh advised Republican lawmakers.

OBAMACARE AS TROUSERS

“Think of a belt and suspenders. Do any of you wear a belt and suspenders? What the president will put forth will be one, and what we will put forth will be the other, and everything will be under control.”

— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, explaining the working of an independent Democratic “fix” for the healthcare reform law during a press conference, the details to be revealed Friday.

RNC TO DNC

“The Democratic National Committee says it is eager and proud to run on Obamacare in 2014. We’re wondering if their TVs are working. Note to the DNC: Obama’s track record hasn’t been to pivot when things are going well. You might want to check with your 2014 candidates before doubling down on ObamaCare.”

— From a Republican National Committee memo issued Thursday.

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