Charlie Rangel has been one of the staunchest supporters of Obamacare, defending the law to any and all comers from the start, but he was not happy with the President’s apology to those who have been told that their policies do not meet the standards set out in the law and therefore will not be renewed.
Rangel faced off against the crazy lady, Michele Bachmann back at the end of September over the law and the willingness of Republicans to shut the government down over it on CNN’s Crossfire telling her, “You’re a lawyer and you’re a lawmaker and you know it is impossible to repeal a law by making it a poison pill in something that tears down the government, you know that!”
The President gave a speech on Thursday to announce that he was asking Congress to pass a bill that would allow insurance companies to renew those policies which do not meet the standards of the new law through next year saying, “We fumbled the roll out on this health care law… We should have done a better job of getting that right on day one.” He had been under pressure from many Democrats to do so, but Rangel was not one of them.
The House passed a bill on Friday which would allow insurance companies to sell these substandard policies to anyone, not just those who already have them with the support of 39 Democrats. The President has vowed to veto the bill if it should reach his desk.
Rangel has never been one to mince his words, when he has something to say he says it and he said it this past week. Speaking to the New York Daily News on Thursday he said, “If I had the problem, saying you’re sorry doesn’t help me worth a damn at the polls, unless I can staple your remarks to the ballot.”
His anger can be easily understood, as an ardent supporter of the law from the very beginning the less than satisfying roll out with the glitches in the website and the gross underestimation of the number of policies which would not meet the qualifications to be grandfathered in there is much to be upset about. He must be feeling like the administration has let him down and having spent three years pitching the plan to his constituents he must be wondering how this is going to affect him at the polls next fall.
h/t: Huffington Post