Before a bill becomes law, the interested parties used to hammer out their differences and the result was called a compromise. However, if after the bill has become law, one party claims to want to return to the negotiating table, before it can even be fully implemented, that’s a compromise that isn’t. Or, if one party wants concessions from the other, but is willing to offer nothing in return, that’s a compromise that isn’t. Or if it comes from Bought Bitch Mitch McConnell (R-Bitchrandistan), that’s a compromise that isn’t.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is in quite the bind these days. He’s got a troubled reelection campaign and a very real need to prove his teabaggie bona fides in a primary back home. And he’s got a kamikaze crew of 2016 wannabes trying to force him to wreck the party’s prospects—and hurt his own general election outlook—for 2014 by shutting down government. What’s an unprincipled, embattled and weakened politician to do? Try to find a compromise that he can try to sell to the crazies—delay Obamacare because it’s evil.
Aug 12 (Reuters) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday called on the Obama administration to delay the Oct. 1 opening of exchanges where uninsured Americans will be able to buy health insurance until the U.S. government can guarantee the protection of people’s personal data. [...]
In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency taking the lead in implementing the law, McConnell said that "Americans should not be forced into the exchanges, and certainly not without these assurances" that personal and financial data will be safe from "hackers and cyber criminals."
"If you rush to go forward without adequate safeguards in place," McConnell added, "any theft of personal information from constituents will be the result of your rush to implement a law to meet the agency’s political needs and not the operational needs of the people it is supposed to serve."
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If the Democrats were stupid enough to go along, hell would freeze over, before McConnell was satisfied with security. Here’s the bottom line. The bill is already the law. McConnell offers nothing in return. This comes from McConnell. Therefore, this compromise isn’t.