Oblivious and shameless – two observations about Tea Party Republicans and healthcare exchanges.
I’ve had two minor epiphanies recently, both brought to me by (mostly) Republican-led states and the Tea Party-dominated Republicans in Congress.
First, many Republican governors and/or state legislatures refused to implement health care exchanges in their own states. As a result, these conservatives gave up their state’s right to form a healthcare exchange and forced their citizens to use a big government federal program, all supposedly in the name of “small government” and “states’ rights.” Irony or hypocrisy? You decide.
Second, if you look at individual state healthcare exchanges vs. the big federal exchange, the state exchanges are doing pretty well. There have been the usual startup issues, but nothing like the SNAFU that the federal exchange had, and very early indications (subject to change, of course) are that the healthcare exchanges will do just fine in states that implemented their own. Part of the problem with the federal exchange is that it’s so large and has to cover so many different states that it’s a very complicated beast. And it has to cover so many different states precisely because those previously mentioned Republican-led states refused to implement statewide exchanges.
And now Congressional Republicans are holding hearings demanding to know why the federal exchange is so screwed up – after their own state parties helped create the exact conditions that led to the screw up in the first place.
What this whole sordid affair demonstrates to me is that a) the present Republican Party is oblivious to irony and/or hypocrisy, and b) that they are without shame.