COTTON: If extending enrollment is "delaying Obamacare" and Cotton wants to delay Obamacare, does he favor extending enrollment? Hmmm...
I was going to write a post carefully documenting how nonsensical the blubbering from many Arkansas Republicans, including Rep. Tom Cotton
, has been on Sen. Mark Pryor endorsing the idea of extending open enrollment for Obamacare
. You know, explaining all the details — how Pryor has not in fact, to date, proposed delaying the individual mandate; how the individual mandate is a core component of the law, without which Obamacare likely cannot function over the long run; how a brief delay of the mandate deadline is nothing like cancelling it entirely for the first year (or defunding the law altogether); how in any case, the penalty is pro-rated by month and enrollment could be extended without delaying the individual mandate at all; how the current March 31 open enrollment deadline is not actually part of the Affordable Care Act
itself, which explicitly gives discretion to the Department of Health and Human Services
to choose the enrollment period; how the idea of extending open enrollment has been floated by Obama administration officials and other advocates of the law long before the website launch; how there's a massive difference between an administrative fix/adjustment to a real-time problem and demanding to stop a law before implementation under threat of shutdown/default; how the White House’s action yesterday was essentially a technical correction
. Blah blah blah. These are the sorts of details, context, facts, etc. that don't pack much punch next to a soundbite.
Better, for now, to simply behold the absurdity of this tweet from the National Republican Senatorial Committee
(Cotton himself tweeted out
PRYOR'S FLIP-FLOP: Pryor Now Supports Delaying #Obamacare
Well, no. But for sheer chutzpah in spin, kudos for this argument: Extending the enrollment period to SIGN UP FOR OBAMACARE is "delaying Obamacare." Really, hats off.