In 2009, Republicans warned Democrats about the looming problems with their health care reform.
Democrats plunged ahead anyway.
And now they need Republican help.
It’s a little late to get or expect any Republican buy-in, though.
That would have required serious compromise back in 2009, when
Democrats, at the high tide of their power in the Obama era, saw no
reason to make any. They ignored the polls, they ignored Scott Brown’s
shocking win in Massachusetts, and they ignored normal parliamentary
practices to pass the single most partisan piece of major social
legislation in a century.
They insisted on this particular law, at this particular time. They
own it. They own every canceled policy, every rate increase, every
unintended consequence and every unpopular intended consequence. It is
theirs, lock, stock and two smoking barrels.