While I support national health care, Obama’s handling of the “cash for clunkers” problem raises a question: if the Public Option for ObamaCare goes through, what will the equivalent to this snafu be? And what recourse would be possible?
The White House and Congress may be giving the “cash for clunkers” program a reprieve, but one can’t help wondering how many dealers and customers will have the confidence to go forward at this point. Things sound like a total mess in the showrooms.
“There is absolute frustration across the board,” Alex Kurkin, a lawyer based in Miami who represents several car dealerships, tells The Lede today. “As of this morning, they’re not really confident about any deals, and no one can give them advice about what they should be telling their customers.”
One thing still not clear is how many older cars have actually been sold and scrapped with the original $1 billion, and how many more the new $2 billion will be able to cover. Mr. Kurkin tells us that the government Web site where dealers are supposed to register their deals has been crashing, and the dealers haven’t been able to plug in their information.
Every large program makes mistakes. And we know the flaws of our current system. Obama and his allies should explain the ways in which the ObamaCare Public Option is likely to blow up, so we can have an honest debate.