Obama Hands GOP Healthcare Reform Concession, But the Right Continues to Attack the Plan

President Obama made a major concession to state leaders yesterday, agreeing to allow states to design their own healthcare reform plans. The Washington Post:

In his speech to the governors, who were attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, Obama said he would approve of allowing states to opt out of the Affordable Care Act by 2014 if they could offer health-care coverage for as many people as they would under the law and not increase the deficit. Under the original law, states could not opt until in 2017. Still, 2014 is a critical year, as many of the most important provisions of the bill, including the mandate, go into effect.

As Obama put it, "If your state can create a plan that covers as many people as affordably and comprehensively as the Affordable Care Act does -- without increasing the deficit -- you can implement that plan. And we'll work with you to do it."

Greater state control! Isn't that what Republicans are always b*tching about? Also, Obama caved on something! You'd think the GOP would be thrilled. But... not so much. (h/t Steve Benen)

Mr. Obama's announcement did not appear to appease his Republican critics. The House majority leader, Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, told reporters that the health law was "an impediment to job growth" and that Republicans remained committed to its repeal.

The thing is, none of this is surprising. As has been demonstrated approximately 100 million zillion times since Obama was elected (and especially since the GOP-controlled House was sworn in), no matter what Obama does Republicans are not going to give him props, ever. Obama is simply not going to win the right over. It ain't happening. And yet, he keeps throwing them bones, and watering down his own policies, as if it will help. Mr. President: please stop.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at March 1, 2011, 4:29am

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