George F. Will: Washington practicing too little politics, not too much

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Oct. 21, 2013 3:01 p.m.

    "....Obama wanted something simple rather than a product of Madisonian complexity. He wanted something elegantly unblemished by "any" messy legislative involvement...."

    George Will and I have quite different recollections of the process that led to enactment of the Affordable Care Act. Obama started out pushing for a single payer system. He couldn’t get it. He wanted a Government option. Couldn’t get that either. When he struck out once again on his drive for universal coverage, he settled for the individual mandate, a Republican idea that Republicans immediately began to run from the moment Obama embraced it.

    The Madisonian system that Will very aptly describes is exactly the type of process that bore fruit in the ACA. Surely George Will can see that, even if he can’t quite bring himself to acknowledge it just yet.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Oct. 21, 2013 8:55 a.m.

    Nice to see the “sane” wing of the Party assert itself again… there are many in the House who (ironically, given their ideological association) could use a refresher on the Constitution.

    And after Boehner’s interview on This Week, is there anyone who still buys the Fox spin about Democrats not compromising with hostage takers?

    Oh… just saw the first comment, so I guess there is.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Oct. 20, 2013 4:00 p.m.

    This was a good article that spoke of problems on both side of the aisle, but ended by placing blame only on one side. George Will's observations, however, were insightful.

    If the Senate had been willing to compromise at all, they would have taken the House's third proposal (a bill that would have funded Obamacare but eliminated the Medical Device tax), and simply amended it to postpone the Medical Device tax for two years instead. If they had done this, and the House would surely have agreed, then a revenue bill would have been passed before the deadline. There would not have been a government shutdown. Instead, we suffered 18 days of shutdown so the Democrats could have something to blame on the Republicans. That's not politics. That's just being vicious.