I’m not sure many people have yet grasped just how massively unsuccessful Obamacare has been. Part of the problem is that everything about the law has been handled so badly by the Obama administration and the Democrats, that Americans are becoming inured to the failings. But let’s recap a little bit, to remind ourselves that Obamacare is truly just a terrible example of government excess and ineptitude.
First, Obamacare’s passage: Obamacare is the only legislative “victory” that President Obama has been able to claim over the first 5-6 years of his Presidency. This is doubly damning when you consider that President Obama had a Democrat majority in the House and a super-majority in the Senate for the first two years of his administration. The Democrats could accomplish nothing over the first two years of the Obama Presidency, and with time running out on their chokehold of the government, they pushed Obamacare through without a single Republican vote. See, while the Democrats may be good at running campaigns… they have no clue how to govern. Which is why they spent two years (from 2008-2010) doing nothing but trying to pass Obamacare. Even Obama’s one victory is really a failure to govern.
Secondly, Obamacare’s rollout: I shouldn’t have to cover this ground. The Obama administration rammed through Obamacare days before the swearing in of Scott Brown (R-MA) and the loss of their super-majority in the Senate. That means that they had from January 2010 until October 1, 2013, to prepare for the rollout of Obamacare. More than 3 and a half years. What did they accomplish in all of that time? They built what could quite possibly go down in history as the worst website ever devised. It has been active for over three weeks now, and people in the technology world are starting to imply that the only way to “fix” the problems may be to blow up the entire site and start anew.
Thirdly, the reality of Obamacare: this last one is just the pure and simple truth of the matter. If you watched the above video, you heard noted liberal Ezra Klein trying to smooth over the rough patches of price increases that Obamacare is creating in the insurance industry. He points out that in the past your premiums and deductibles may have been lower, until something catastrophic happened and then your prices would jump. That’s true to an extent. Unless you didn’t have these “catastrophic” problems happening… which most of us didn’t. For the last 10 years my medical insurance costs were as plain as the nose on my face… I knew what they would be at the beginning of my coverage term and at the end. During that time I got married, had four kids, moved states and got a new job. Never was I unsure of my medical coverage, and though the price rose from year to year, that increase was minimal… until Obamacare changed everything.
Again, the liberals will say that Obamacare hasn’t affected pricing, yet. The anecdotal evidence doesn’t jive with that talking point. Insurance carriers and companies that provided medical coverage for their employees have already begun preparations for Obamacare. So many companies have dropped coverage (Home Depot, UPS and Trader Joe’s) and many insurers have dropped clients (Between California and Florida 600,000 people are losing coverage).
In fact, things are so bad that more people have lost their insurance in just 3 states (over half a million people) than have signed up for Obamacare in all 50 states (476K).
The further we move into the Obamacare era, the more we are realizing that the prices are higher and the economic effect more deleterious than we were led to believe. We were promised lower prices, better care, and more coverage. All of those promises have been blown apart as the opposite has been true.
If we want to salvage the world’s best healthcare system, we must abolish Obamacare as soon as possible. Otherwise, the unmitigated disaster we’ve witnessed over the last three weeks will be the norm in healthcare for the foreseeable future.
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