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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I Have A Cunning Plan

Governor Butch Otter - yes, that's his real name - has decided to start a health care exchange under ACA.  This is noteworthy because he's the Republican governor of freaking Idaho.  Marshall notes that this makes sense, because the GOP has been railing against the "one-size-fits-all" nature of ACA, when in fact ACA promotes customization to each state.  And Otter is being consistent with the state's rights/local control philosophy of the GOP, unlike say Chris "Chris" Christie.

What Marshall is missing here, of course, is that the GOP wants to be able to say bad things about ACA.  Making it look bad politically is much more important than setting up an insurance exchange that might make sense for their state.  Instead, they hope to force the feds to nationalize the exchanges so that they can run against them.

Everything, and I mean everything, is viewed through a political prism rather than a policy prism.

Which is why the GOP is simply not interested in being a governing party.

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