Lack of bipartisanship at root of issues with ACA
Regarding the story “Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare subsidies” (ModernHealthcare.com, Sept. 30), there is little argument that Congress passed a bill that specifically exempted a national insurance exchange from subsidies, in the thought that it was such a poison pill that no state would dare not open their own exchange (or partner with other states to open one). Oops, it didn’t turn out quite how they expected.
I wish the legal wrangling would go away, but I’m not ready to throw out the whole legislative process the country has used since its inception by allowing the administration to say the equivalent of “My bad, let’s try this instead,” and completely ignoring the actual law as they implement it. When Romney-Care was passed in Massachusetts, it was a true bipartisan bill, so if the law needed tweaks, it was a relatively simple matter to ask the Legislature to do it. We are seeing the fruits of passing a decidedly partisan bill when one party controlled both chambers of Congress.
Jason Smith Denver