Ryssdal: Let me ask you the follow-on question about the Supreme Court on Monday: Assuming as I'm sure you do that you will prevail in the Supreme Court with the case over the individual mandate, you will have beaten in court 26 states -- that is the majority of states. You will have to depend on them to execute your plan to reform the health care system in this country, and yet they will be unwilling and unwelcome partners. Are you confident you can still get it done, even after all this acrimony?
Obama: Absolutely, because frankly, these lawsuits that were filed were basically uniformly filed by Republicans who wanted to score political points. And even some of those who filed suit are actually behind the scenes working with us to prepare for a day when we've got exchanges in these states where people can be part of a larger pool so they can get a bit better deal on their insurance.
And it will be very hard for any governor to explain why it is that they're not giving people -- and small businesses, not just individuals -- an opportunity to get cheaper health insurance, better deal, more protections because of some ideological argument that they're having with the president. And when people see that in fact it works, it makes sense -- as it's, by the way, working in Massachusetts -- then I think a whole bunch of folks will say 'Why aren't we trying it as well?'
I had an email from Richard D. Fry forwarded to me that said this:
Obama has now admitted that “…some of those [GOP Governors] who filed suit [against Obama Care] are actually behind the scenes working with us to prepare for a day when we've got exchanges in these states….” I’ve been ringing that bell since June that Gov. Brownback’s implementing OC by stealth was part of a national plan involving GOP Govs.
At that time I identified Oklahoma and Indiana. Now we have identified this happening in South Carolina, Mississippi and South Dakota. They were all using the same game plan. First they tried by stealth (like Brownback) then they made the same excuses as Brownback did i.e., OC is “...an unconstitutional law but the law of the land…”, “… we can do it our way not the OC way…”, “a state exchange will give us more flexibility…” and after being forced to give back the federal EIG, finding “alternate” sources of funding. Then the Governor simply rams it through via his administration as is happening in Oklahoma and South Dakota.
So we have Sen. Thune supporting Romney, who implemented Romneycare, and Rounds working with Daschle in Obama's task force and Daugaard carrying on the GOP legacy of pointing to those evil Democrats while they implement the very same crap.