What's that joke about a gaffe in Washington being when a politician tells you the truth by accident?
"There's a great deal of confusion it'll take time to understand what's in the new health care law," said Kagen. "And when small business takes a look at it they're going to like what they're going to see."...
"That's why it doesn't really kick in until 2014 it gives everyone an opportunity to see what's in it for them," explained Kagen.[E.A.]
Unable to provide any kind of coherent case for the recently enacted legislation, is Kagen actually admitting that the law was designed to simply hand out goodies to voters. Voters who would then presumably be even more reliant on the federal government, and the Democrats more particularly, to maintain their standard of living?
An alternative to such blatant pandering would be for the congressman to explain the law and its costs and benefits in a persuasive manner. The fact that he didn't leads me to conclude that either the law is so complex that such an explanation is impossible, there really isn't much to the law beyond handouts designed to increase reliance on the government, or that Kagen simply isn't up to the task. Note that these are not mutually exclusive and may all three be at work in this instance.
What is clear is that with continued statements like these, by the time we understand what's in it for us in 2014, Steve Kagen will have been out of office for nearly four years.