So opponents of Obamacare have one big thing going for us: the roll-out of the federal exchange has been epically awful. Really, just so terribly bad that it appears very few customers have been able to sign up yet. The federal exchange website had to shut down to try and repair some of its problems, and that doesn’t seem to have made anything better.
With an unexpected gift like this, an aggressive political strategist would try to capitalize on it. Instead, House Speaker Boehner has decided to give President Obama the one thing Obamacare needs: more time. Boehner proposes not just to let him have it, but to give it to him for free. We’re hearing this morning that Boehner will offer a 6-week increase in the federal debt ceiling, “demanding” nothing more than a promise from Obama to negotiate on federal spending in the interim.
I have no doubt that Boehner sees this as playing for time for the GOP-held House, as well as giving Obama time. Continue reading “When playing for time, think big and strategic”