In his attempt to sound reasonable, Sen. Franken is willing to consider the possibility of what’s inevitable. According to this Washington Post article, Sen. Franken is “willing to consider” delaying the individual mandate if HealthCare.gov isn’t running soon:
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) says he would be open to a brief delay in the individual mandate if the problems with HealthCare.gov aren’t fixed by the end of the month, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
“I think then we have to consider extending the deadline for the mandate, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen,” Franken told MPR.
If Sen. Franken thinks that’s being reasonable, he’d better pay attention. HealthCare.gov won’t be operational anytime soon. Tech experts have said that it’d be easier to hire a crew of real experts build a new website from scratch rather than attempt to patch HealthCare.gov up. Couple that with this week’s testimony that the billing part of the portal isn’t built and you’ve got a full-fledged disaster on your hands.
Sen. Franken’s biggest ‘sin’ is that he had the opportunity to delay the individual mandate. During the shutdown, Republicans offered that in a bill. Sen. Franken voted in lock-step with Harry Reid, meaning he voted against it. Sen. Franken also voted against repealing the medical device manufacturing tax.
Sen. Franken voted with Sen. Reid 100% of the time during the government shutdown. That isn’t being a leader. Minnesotans shouldn’t have to pay for a puppet. Sen. Franken was Sen. Reid’s puppet on every major vote this year. It isn’t difficult to make a case that Sen. Reid or Sen. Schumer does Sen. Franken’s thinking for him. The truth is that precious little of what Sen. Franken says isn’t part of the Democrats’ chanting points.
The biggest point to remember is that Sen. Franken voted for this disaster back on Christmas Eve Day of 2009. This disaster wouldn’t have happened had Sen. Franken done what’s best for Minnesotans instead of doing what Sen. Reid told him to do.