Tom Harkin on Obamacare: Then vs. now
posted at 6:20 pm on November 1, 2013 by Guy Benson
Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) assessment of President Obama’s “you can keep your plan” promise has…evolved.
Harkin, during the Obamacare debate: “If you are a person out there who has your own health insurance policy right now and you like it , you can keep it.”
Harkin, today: “I suppose he could have added a caveat that if you have a plan you like, you can keep it, as long as it fits into this new regime that we are building for America. To say you can keep that, that’s not really right…there’s a lot of gray area there.”
“As long as it fits into this new regime” rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it? Harkin will side-step voters and retire next year — as will Sen. Max “Trainwreck” Baucus, who is the latest Senate Democrat to embrace an Obamacare delay. Remember, every Senate Democrat voted against a one-year delay just a few weeks ago, leading to the government shutdown. They also unanimously blocked a Republican effort to enforce Obama’s “keep your plan” pledge in 2010. The Pryors and Landrieus of the world are now scrambling to cast do-over votes. Will their states’ voters do the same next fall?