Former Senate majority leader Bill Frist was out of the Senate by the time Obamacare was voted on, but he definitely went to bat for the bill, trying to encourage his former colleagues to vote in favor of it. He even went as far as encouraging Republicans not to repeal the law, but instead to “preserve,” “cuddle,” and even “snuggle” the “good elements” within the bill.
But lately at least one portion of the law Frist was formerly snuggly with — the individual mandate — seems to be sleeping on the couch.
But if Frist has been less than faithful to the individual mandate, he’s standing by the rest of Obamacare.
Frist assured conference attendees this week that the law will operate just fine without the mandate, an opinion more optimistic than that of President Obama’s own Justice Department. In trial briefs for the Eleventh Circuit lawsuit it just lost, the DOJ predicted that enacting other provisions of the bill without the mandate would “inexorably drive the health care market into extinction” and therefore conceded that many of the central provisions of the law — including the “guaranteed issue” and “community rating” provisions — would have to fall with the mandate if it were found unconstitutional.
Clearly, love is blind. But I’m just warning the rest of Obamacare: If things don’t go well at SCOTUS, the honeymoon may soon be over.