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November 6, 2013 - 7:40 am

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said it’s OK if people are losing “crappy, junk policies” because of Obamacare and pitched for a government-run option in the wake of the problematic start for the exchange.

“When we were debating this way back when and trying to figure out how to do all this, a lot of us on the liberal side said, “Well, OK, we’ll give something to the states. We`ll let the states set up their own exchanges.” Many conservatives wanted to do that. So, we made that agreement. We thought that would be a good idea. So we put it out there. And lo and behold, all these Republican governors who get elected in 2010 and republican legislatures and they dumped it all on the federal government,” Harkin said last night on MSNBC.

“We never expected that. Had we known that from the beginning, the architecture of setting up the exchanges would have been a lot different. But then they dumped in our last. If you look — I’m glad you went to Kentucky because Kentucky, Washington, Colorado, Rhode Island, even the District of Columbia where they set up state exchanges, they’re working just fine.”

The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee said the website failures are just “a mechanical problem.”

“There’s nothing wrong with the Affordable Care Act, there’s nothing wrong with ObamaCare, we have a problem, yes, and I’m upset about it just as everyone else is, but it’s being fixed. It’s a mechanical problem and it’ll be fixed by the end of this month,” Harkin said.

The only problem, he said, is that Obamacare doesn’t go far enough.

“We need a public option out there. We needed a public option in this program. I fought hard for it. But we didn’t get it. And probably from the very beginning, we should set it up as a federal architecture, as a natural architecture, set it up that way,” the senator said, adding that states now just “want to dump it on the federal government.”

Harkin claimed “the farmers and the small businesses in Iowa are going to have the kind of health care coverage that they’ve never been able to get or afford in the past.”

“Yes, they might have been able to afford to get some policy but it didn’t cover anything. And there was a lot of policies out there that were quite frankly crappy, junk policies. Well now, no more of those junk policies. People will have good, solid policies.”

Harkin even predicted “you’re going to see a lot more entrepreneurs starting small businesses and getting into business because now they’ll have health care and health care coverage for their workers which they couldn’t have before.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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“There’s nothing wrong with the Affordable Care Act, there’s nothing wrong with ObamaCare, we have a problem, yes, and I’m upset about it just as everyone else is, but it’s being fixed."

What's being fixed if there's no problem?

"Harkin even predicted “you’re going to see a lot more entrepreneurs starting small businesses and getting into business because now they’ll have health care and health care coverage for their workers which they couldn’t have before.”

Good to hear it. So, when this blossoming does not occur, he will be quick to say "Well, that didn't work, let's junk it!" - right?
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“Well, OK, we’ll give something to the states. We`ll let the states set up their own exchanges.” Many conservatives wanted to do that. So, we made that agreement. We thought that would be a good idea. So we put it out there. And lo and behold, all these Republican governors who get elected in 2010 and republican legislatures and they dumped it all on the federal government,” Harkin said last night on MSNBC.

Notice he says that "Many conservatives wanted to do that."

Later he states "...and republican legislatures and they dumped it all on the federal government".

Normally, statists want to conflate "conservative" and "Republican". Here, he uses the terms as if they aren't the same thing (they aren't).

It's just so interesting that a Democratic Senator believes that many conservatives backed the idea of exchanges. Guys, this is why we must not call ourselves "conservative". It's the same phrase they use to brand the government of Iran. It's a term with a nebulous meaning, therefore your enemies may use it any way they like.

We must begin calling ourselves Constitutionalists. It's simple to look up the Constitution of the United States to see what that means.
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A lot of entrepreneurs are going to start businesses now because their employees can get health care. What The Mad Barkin' Harkin knows about small business, entrepreneurs and the impact of Obamacare is precisely the equivalent of what a frog knows about snow skiing.

Harkin and the Hiding Communists wanted a public option, more federal workers, favoritism for the Workers Party and the complete destruction of capitalism and the free market. Period. End of report.
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That Obamacare is just a pathway to full socialized medicine. Check.

That blame for failures would be shifted to Republicans. Check.

That "let it burn/they own it" is playing ostrich. Check.
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"That "let it burn/they own it" is playing ostrich. Check."

Amen, brother. I can't believe so many people are advocating for letting our society collapse and our economies to suffer, all so they can make someone else look bad. It's idiotic.
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I remember a shoe-repair establishment in my neighborhood, run by someone who'd grown up in the Soviet Union.

You'd tell him what you wanted, in detail. You might even require that he show you the material he was going to use on the shoes, for your prior approval. He'd smile and say, "No problem."

Come back on the appointed day, and you would not get what you'd ordered. There'd be a different sole, a different heel, a different stitch job. Object, and he'd tell you, "This is better! You SHOULD want this," and berate you if you did not agree. Eventually, you'd just pay to get the shoes back and either live with the lousy job or get them re-done elsewhere.

He is now out of business.

Obamacare, and the "crappy policy" justifications being advanced by its supporters, remind me of him.
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