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December 17, 2013

Brown: Hypocrisy and double standards

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Instead, they’re hiding behind meaningless show votes in Congress, offering halfhearted and meaningless attempts to reinstate canceled plans or delay implementation of some of the particularly onerous new federal regulations. All these false efforts will do is add to the increased costs and put things off until after the 2014 elections.

No one is mistaking these transparent moves as profiles in courage. Obamacare became the law of the land because every single Democratic senator fell in line with their party bosses and voted for it. For any sitting member of the Senate to somehow now suggest that they are fighting to protect their constituents from this “train wreck” is completely hypocritical. If they were really interested in sparing their constituents from Obamacare’s harmful impact, they should have stood up when they could have stopped the whole thing from becoming law. They could have also voted to allow for the protection or “grandfathering” of the older policies. They did neither.

Adding insult to injury is the fact that politicians in Washington have access to many special perks and privileges unavailable to the general public when attempting to navigate Obamacare. Beyond having more top-flight plans to choose from, senators have access to what the New York Times recently described as “concierge-type services” and “in-person support sessions” available only to members of Congress.

Democrats who voted for Obamacare are, therefore, not exposed to the same frustrations of a broken website and complicated red tape that millions of everyday people are being forced to work through.

The hypocrisy is stunning. Saddling the rest of the country with complicated rules they didn’t want and don’t need in pursuit of a health care takeover that will hurt patient care, limit options and devastate our economy is no way to run a country. Not only is President Obama to blame here, so, too, are every single one of the Democratic senators who forced this fiasco on the American people.

The president is not going to face voters again, but his congressional enablers and supporters will in less than a year. When they do, it’s going to be an unpleasant experience for any incumbent having to explain their deciding vote and continued support for the ongoing disaster of Obamacare.

Scott P. Brown, a Republican, was Massachusetts’ U.S. senator from Feb. 4, 2010, to Jan. 3, 2013.

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