Political reported on Wednesday that Senator Mary Landrieu, three-term Louisiana Democrat, said she would introduce or co-sponsor legislation to guarantee that Americans could keep their existing insurance.
Landrieu, stated, “The promise was made and it should be kept. And it was our understanding when we voted for that bill that people, when they have insurance, could keep what they had. So I’m going to be working on that fix.”
Despite explicit promises, beginning with President Barack Obama, millions of policy holders in the individual marketplace have been notified by insurers that they will have to switch from existing plans to ostensibly better coverage.
The bill Landrieu proposes would allow individuals to retain their soon-to-be-cancelled plans even if better policies are available through the exchanges.
Landrieu said she didn’t think Obama had purposefully misled the American people She continued, “I didn’t think it was intentional,” she said according to Politico. It would have been preferable had Republicans tried to make the law better rather than over and over again trying to repeal it.”
Landrieu was asked if said she didn’t think Obama had intentionally misled the American people. She responded, “I didn’t think it was intentional,” she said according to Politico. It would have been preferable had Republicans tried to make the law better rather than over and over again trying to repeal it, she added.
Where was Sen. Landrieu between 2008 and 2010? The Republicans did everything in their very limited power “to make the law better,” but the Democratically controlled government refused to listen and simply ignored recommendations by the Republicans. Doesn’t Sen. Landrieu remember that she, along with all other Senate Democrats, voted to reject a Republican plan that would have killed Obama administration regulations that now have resulted in the cancellation fiasco we have today?
Another reason why not one Republican voted for Obamacare was because most members of Congress did not know what was in the plan. As the former Speaker of the House said, had to pass the bill [before the 2010 election] to find out what was in it.
The lessons to be learned from this nightmare of Obamacare are:
- Communications is a two-way street, including the responsibility to listen to the other side. By refusing to discuss and negotiate Obamacare with the Republicans has lead to the fiasco we are now having with Obamacare.
- Leadership begins with the responsibility to review all sides of an issue and come up with a compromised satisfactory to all side and to the American people. The majority of Americans were opposed to Obamacare from the very beginning, yet the Democratically controlled government refused to listen to their constituents.
- It’s always far more difficult to close the barn door after the horse has bolted. Fixes could have been eliminated if the Democrats chose not to ram through Obamacare without, at least, some consideration from the Republicans.
Perhaps, in time, both sides will come to their senses and begin to communicate and lead our country effectively and for the American people–not for themselves.