I keep changing my mind on the Affordable Care Act, mostly based on the political influences I’m feeling at any given time.
First I joined a lawsuit to overturn the law, but I wanted to avoid anyone criticizing me for opposing the popular parts, so I told Washingtonians that I only wanted to overturn the individual mandate.1 This way, I pretended to support all the benefits of the law, while opposing any way to pay for it.
Then the Supreme Court upheld the whole Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. Instead of admitting that I had lost, I switched sides and called it a win!2
I told reporters that I did not support the repeal of the law, but when my Tea Party friends got upset about that, I had to backtrack again and claim that the media had misinterpreted my statement.3
In order to cover all my tracks, I wrote an op-ed that used a lot of words and still failed to clarify where I stand on the issue, because I don’t want to be held accountable for my real opinions.4
I want to privatize public employee health insurance, because when it comes to health care, I believe the important thing isn’t assuring our public employees universal access to health care, but assuring corporations universal access to insurance markets.
As I’ve said before, I will not be happy until the Geico gecko is selling health insurance to the nation.5
1 Brad Shannon, Tacoma News Tribune, July 12, 2012; Warren Kagarise, Issaquah Press, June 1, 2012.
2 KING 5 News, June 28, 2012.
3 Jim Brunner, Seattle Times, July 10, 2012.
4 Rob McKenna, Washington State Wire, July 12, 2012.
5 Erica C. Barnett, PubliCola, Jan. 6, 2012.