Dr. Barbara Bellar – Obamacare Summed Up in One Sentence:
“We’re going to be ‘gifted’ with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted social security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese and financed by a country that’s broke. So, what the blank could possibly go wrong?”
A fatal conceit of all progressives is that they think that they can fix anything and are somehow immune to Murphy’s Law:
Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong at the worst possible time.
What makes the Obama so special is that it appears that he did not put much effort into getting his singular legislative triumph to shine coming out of the box. The $600,000,000.00 project was not competitively bid, and the likes of Amazon, Google, Ebay etc. were not brought in to do the job. The chief qualification of the company chosen to do the job was that Michelle’s college roommate works there. Crony capitalism, incompetence, corruption, and cost overruns all in one package. A textbook case for ‘how not to run a project.’ What is excruciatingly obvious is that the community organizer and his bride have never built anything before.
What staggers the imagination is that Obama refused to acknowledge the reality that this roll out was going to be a shambles. A public spectacle. An embarrassment to the nation. He knew the exchanges where not working. Yet, the political considerations where paramount. The optics of a delay in the rollout were bad. Little did Obama realize how bad the optics would be if he did roll out non-functioning exchanges before a public with no recourse. No doubt, given past performance, this narcissistic tower of hubris decided that another speech would fix the public’s perception. No need to sit down with the Republicans to write some stopgap legislation putting off the individual mandate for another year … let them eat cake! At least Mussolini did get his trains to run on time.
Medicare when it came out did not strip ordinary Americans of their access to healthcare insurance. The problems were nowhere near this daunting because when you get down to it, medicare was a Blue-Cross Blue-Shield policy from 1967 written into law. The law was passive in that as things where assembled people got on to the program.
Obamacare is an entirely different kettle of fish. It demands that the entire healthcare insurance market conform to a uniform standard, of Obama’s choosing. The old plans that do not meet the new standard, even if people liked them, are to be done away with. The result is over 5,000,000 canceled policies. How many people were covered under those policies? What are they to do in the meantime? Sign up? How? The proposed Obama fix is vintage despot: govern by fiat – had Bush proposed such an abuse of executive authority the New York times would have declared him a reckless cowboy; the staff suffering a collective aneurism in the process. Obama once again revealed himself as capricious, unmindful of the law he wrote and the constitution he swore to uphold. Demonstrating another fatal progressive conceit — the law does apply to them.
We can see the fallout from this one size fits all for 315,000,000 people. Yet another fatal conceit of progressives is that they know what you need better than you do. Some people like their catastrophic healthcare insurance because they do not want $10 co-pays. Some like catastrophic healthcare insurance because they cannot really afford more. Not everyone wants a Big-Mac, some people prefer Falafel. Not everyone can afford a Cadillac — but they can live with a Chevy.
For every person who signs up, 40 loose their insurance. Those who do sign up see a 40% increase in their premiums and a tripling of their deductibles. People are paying more to get less. Obama claimed the ACA would lower premium costs on average by $2500 per year, per policy. I do not think “lowering average costs” means to Obama the same thing it means to the rest of us. In short whether this claim was another deliberate falsehood or the misconception of someone in over their head is immaterial. We where sold a bill of goods. The American people where deceived, swindled, & conned by the Democrats and their front man, our president.
What could go wrong? So far, everything.