Open honesty and plain statements from politicians are thought to be such a rarity that we tend to discount them immediately, especially if they come from individuals or groups who are famous for their duplicity, something that happens to include a lot of our political leaders.
Nevertheless, every once in a while, someone actually blurts out the truth, or what certainly appears to be the truth. How do we know it isn’t just another lie? We don’t. The key is to observe when someone breaks with their party and admits that what they did or how they voted was wrong. This is so rare that it cries out for attention.
We just saw this happen in the case Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri. She has achieved prominence in her party largely for championing the causes that a dear to the hearts of especially liberal Democrats. Hence when she came out with the statement that not only she, but her fellow Democrats made a mistake in voting to enact legislation that was as important to the Democrats as Obamacare, it’s well worth taking a closer look.
NTK Network offers this report: “‘We made a mistake, the Democrats did,’ McCaskill said in an audio recording published by the Republican National Committee (RNC). ‘Now we had hearings, which the Republicans didn’t. We had a bunch of hearings. We had Republican amendments added to the bill.’
“‘But still, we made a mistake because when we took it to the floor for a vote we did it with just Democratic votes,’ McCaskill concluded.
“McCaskill who was elected to the Senate in 2006 voted for Obamacare, a vote that could haunt her as she is widely considered to be one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in 2018.”
And the rest of the news is not good for McCaskill’s reelection campaign.
“The Hill reported in May:
“About 25 counties in Missouri might have no insurers on the ObamaCare exchanges next year after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) announced Wednesday it won’t participate.”
It’s not much of a health insurance plan if there are not health insurance companies participating.
And Missouri is anything but a sure thing for Democrats other than the urban areas of St. Louis and Kansas City. Trump carried the state. The state legislature and the governor are Republicans. Her senatorial colleague from Missouri is a Republican.
Obamacare can only be defended by appealing to the alleged good intentions on the part of Democrats. One cannot defend it by the results it obtained since the thing is collapsing on its own due to its many failings.
Missourians are unlikely to give Mrs. McCaskill a pass on this if they are stuck without health insurance, or with insurance with ridiculously high premiums and deductibles.
Put bluntly, the Democrats rammed Obamacare down Americans’ throats, and now it’s payback time for the legislators who supported it. Whether McCaskill will find a way to wiggle out of responsibility by admitting her and other Democrats’ error is debatable.
They might just be seen to be running away from a failed program by saying anything to try to save their seats. That’s not an impressive strategy, and it’s unlikely to work in the “Show-Me” state.
Source: Political Insider