Bad Policy, Bad Politics

Wow. The means and ends of Obamacare* are both so lousy, even Howard Fineman had to sit up and notice. Here’s a bit from his latest Newsweek blog:

On the day the president signed into law the “fix-it” addendum to the massive health-care measure, two new polls show just how fearful and skeptical Americans are about the entire enterprise. If the numbers stay where they are—and it’s not clear why they will change much between now and November—then the Democrats really are in danger of colossal losses at the polls.

I say this even though I was one of those who always said that Obama would get a bill passed—and that, politically, he personally had no choice but to get it done if he wanted to have a successful presidency. But his reputation as a can-do guy was purchased at a very high political cost.

Now that the hope’s been dashed, maybe we’ll get some real change.

*Why do we continue with the fiction that this awful new law is “ObamaCare?” The President never got his hands anywhere near the legislative process. This new law is almost completely the work of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Let’s call it HarryCare.

Which rhymes with BarelyCare.

Ironic, that.