The majority party in Congress is about to pull off a slick but profound deception and probably will get away with it.
Party leaders have presented their plan to replace the current health care law. Over time, it would substantially reduce medical coverage for millions in the U.S. Another faction within the same party is howling that the proposed new law is too expensive and should be made stingier.
The two groups – within the same party – will debate their positions very publicly and come to a compromise. That debate will be designed to create the illusion of a bipartisan process (with the outcome carefully pre-arranged). They will then pass it with the simple majority they control.
That compromise will reduce or eliminate health care benefits for millions of Americans. The majority party will proudly assert that their compromise (between themselves, remember) avoided a worse outcome.
It’s a classic “lesser of two evils” deception. The sensible answer is, “neither of those; fix what we have.”
Spokesmen for the majority party say that is impossible, hoping that most voters will not recognize that many of the shortcomings of the existing law are the result of obstructions by the majority party and their budget maneuvers this year to further undercut it.
Our new President will sign this phony compromise into law, ignoring his campaign promise that “Everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they’re taken care of now.” We will chalk that up as having been another “truthful hyperbole.”