A few days ago, Sen Brown was o the hustings, decrying a tax on medical devices that helps to fund the Affordable Care Act, saying it’ll cost jobs. Brown would repeal the act.
Brown frames the issue as one of jobs vs. Obamacare. But let’s get back to basics: you will not hear Scott Brown mention that he’s willing to take away health care for 32 million Americans – over a 2.3% tax on those device makers. Wow, there’s balance for you. Let’s also remember the cost-saving measures in the ACA, and how many jobs are killed by rising health care costs. Brown would replace these with …. What?
Playing these special interest games cuts a number of ways, too: hospitals will be harmed if the ACA is struck down by the Supreme Court. What about them?
It’s perfectly simple to see what Brown’s doing. His opposition to the law was opportunistic, just like the rest of the GOP which couldn’t stomach handing the President a big victory. His small-time needling of the bill is just post-hoc rationalization for a prejudice against a bill very much like the one he voted for as a member of the state senate.
It doesn’t make sense. It’s silly. Sen. Brown is tying himself up in knots as much as Romney. No one has to play along, though.