President Obama had a group of Republicans and Democratic governors over to the White House today where he told them not drink tequila for breakfast so they don’t slur their words and deeds.
Then he told him they can fold, spindle and mutilate his federal health care plan as soon as 2014 (three years earlier than planned) — so long as they meet the new requirements for covering the uninsured.
Evidently the state plans could include alternatives to the Obama law’s requirement that all Americans have to buy health insurance, a provision under challenge in federal court.
States with Republican governors — some of whom were in the White House audience today — are involved in lawsuits to overturn the law in its entirety. These governors are hardly fond of Obamacare — a dry definition for something so wet with emotion.
Perhaps Obama’s offer is motivated by the fact Obamacare seems to have less leverage than a decade-old facelift now the courts have it under a stethoscope.
By the way, Obama also cleverly threw Mitt Romney under a bus of Republicans.
“In fact, I agree with Mitt Romney, who recently said he’s proud of what he accomplished on health care in Massachusetts and supports giving states the power to determine their own health care solutions,” Obama said.
The president, of course, realizes that the Massachusetts health care plan Romney signed into law when he was governor there is considered a worse liability than an outbreak of boils and carbuncles among Republican voters.