Health Care for America Now (HCAN). Harold Pollack interviewed him for his piece in the Washington Post, "The group that got health reform passed is declaring victory and going home." (My emphasis.)
What is ironic is that [the ACA] didn’t have to be so polarizing. On the
substance, ACA is a very conservative law. It increases the role of the
insurance industry. Many of the ACA’s real current problems -- as
opposed to problems conjured up by the right -- such as excessive
deductibles, are prominent because these policies are the insurance
companies’ favorite mode of operating. The new law relies on individual
responsibility to purchase often-subsidized coverage through the new
marketplaces, which nationally and in most states are lightly regulated.
Conservatives in a different era would’ve said, “This is a real
compromise. This is something which takes many of our ideals -- not all
of them -- and puts them into law. This is the kind of reform we wanted
and championed to a great extent.” That’s where it comes back to the
real political motivations. The folks who are feeling pressed by
demographic change, feeling pressed by the, “We’re helping those others
who are not like you,” didn’t have to be told such divisive stories.
Look at all the seniors who say, “Get the government out of my
Medicare.” They didn’t have to be told this story whatsoever. For
political reasons, Republicans wanted to scare seniors, even though
nothing in the law hurts seniors. It actually increases their benefits.