Wednesday morning, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN that prior to the launch of the PPACA website the health insurance companies complained about it and the site crashed during a test run yet somehow nobody saw fit to inform the President of the severity of the issues, leaving him blindsided by the completely non-functional rollout.
Wow, that inspires confidence, doesn't it? As if we really needed any more evidence of the abomination that the PPACA is, hidden under the guise of providing affordable health care....
Thanks to the internet we are no longer force-fed the sanitized news of the mainstream media and we can learn the truth about programs such as Obamacare. Fortunate we are indeed to be aware that this law is a total government takeover of health care and now the federal government will be involved in every aspect of our private lives as they continue marching on to Barack Obama’s idea of a socialist utopia.
Obamacare is a travesty. It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham. It will question your sex life. And that’s only the beginning.
But seriously folks...that’s what we’ve probably heard from a number of Republicans and it’s unfortunate, since pundits and politicians do the public no favors by exaggerating or invoking hyperbole. The public ought to know what’s truly wrong with the laws our esteemed legislators see fit to pass. The GOP still seems to not grasp the concept Ulysses S. Grant stated so eloquently, that there is “no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution" even at this point, when, having failed to repeal or defund the law, they could easily sit back and say "we told you so."
There is plenty of intellectual dishonesty on the left and one conversation about abortion is enough to reveal as much. Making that issue only about a woman’s body seems to make the potential rights and life of another human being somewhat…expendable, particularly when you are addressing an issue that is also framed as “health care,” prompting the obvious question “for whom?” But when it comes to those outside the womb, Democrats are closer to the truth on the current law.
Indeed, Democratic complaints against Obamacare are often that it doesn’t go far enough, that it isn’t universal healthcare or single-payer. Since there are systems in other countries that do work well and cover everyone while costing less, it is understandably an attractive option to some.
Furthermore, since attempts to institute such a system date back at least to the Nixon administration and what the Democrats passed is a mangled version of the individual mandate ripe with legitimate problems instead, it’s no wonder they are disappointed.
Meanwhile, although the Obama administration has somehow managed to not only take a reasonable idea, turn it into a monstrosity and then add insult to injury by failing to build a website that manages the traffic that many private companies easily handle every day, some states have managed to set up their own and the websites are actually working well.
Ironically, that is a good argument for the right’s frequent contention that states can do a much better job of handling such matters. But even in the fact of such an obvious point, the GOP manages to stick primarily to talking points with such phrases as “monumental failure” and whatnot.
But as Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear points out in discussing Kentucky's success, the federal exchanges will be likely fixed sooner or later and at that point, Republicans may be forced to address actual policy issues and try to convince the many people who actually are being helped by the law that the problems are serious enough to vote for them so they can amass the votes to repeal it.
Well…good luck with that. While many people’s rates have gone up and mathematically it’s hard to imagine they wouldn’t, at least in the short term, it is undeniable that people with preexisting conditions and some others will benefit in the short term and possibly longer. Indeed, even some of the laws most ardent and controversial critics such as Betsy McCaughey will admit that the first 30 pages of the law contain reforms that nearly everyone can agree on. Critics who fail to understand or acknowledge this are only digging the GOP into an even deeper hole.
So how soon will the problems manifest themselves? Some already have. For many, rates have gone up significantly. And because the administration somehow managed to take a fairly simple plan that might have resembled what some consider to be the best health care system in the world (Switzerland) and turn it into something much different, there are numerous obstacles to long-term success.
Two of the most obvious include the immediate impact of adding in an employer mandate requiring companies with 50 employees to provide insurance for all full-time employees working at least 30 hours, prompting many employers to reduce hours. Another longer-term issue will be the administration’s failure to make sure the badly needed young, healthy people are all signing up, which is of critical importance to making a health insurance pool fiscally manageable. While estimates are that 30 million people will remain uninsured, which is hardly providing universal health care or anything close, many of those will be able to opt out for less than it costs to sign up. That is a self-defeating scenario and cost estimates already approaching $2 trillion will go up under those circumstances.
But the biggest problem with the PPACA is one that perhaps should have been the most obvious and yet, for a Republican party that loves to say how the Obama administration is all about redistributing wealth and class warfare, recognition of the implications of how Obamacare works have been strangely absent. Despite the one-sided rhetoric of the GOP, the health care law will help many people and who can blame them for supporting it, especially if previously they couldn’t obtain insurance at all.
The reality is that with Obamacare, helping some comes at the expense of others. It is, in effect, a redistribution of health insurance costs and not necessarily from the rich to the poor. As such, it is inevitable that Americans will be pitted against each other not on ideological grounds but on the basis of widely differing experiences with this law.
While Ted Cruz and his followers managed to do something no Democrat could do, increase Obamacare’s popularity during a disastrous rollout, the Obama administration went beyond tax increases and slyly made good on what the right has been accusing it of all along.
Whoda thunk it.