From the moment internet exchanges opened implementing a crucial aspect of the so-called “Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act,” (a.k.a. “Obamacare”) the enormity of the debacle began to manifest its reality.
The technological disaster reflects the deeper truth that socializing the American health care industry was a hideous idea of epic proportion.
Barack Obama’s dismissive Rose Garden rejoinder that Obamacare is “not just a website” aside, the issues, like so many still waters, run much, much deeper. As one perceptive journalist puts it:
‘The Web site’ has become a confusing stand-in phrase for any problem relating to the law’s underlying infrastructure. No one has a very good word to describe everything that infrastructure encompasses.
In brick-and-mortar terms, it’s the road that leads to the store, the store itself, the payment systems between the store and the government and the manufacturers, the computer system the manufacturers use to fill the orders, the trucks that carry the product back to the store, the loading dock where the customers pick up the products, and so on.
From the outset, Obamacare has been riddled with issues ranging from questions of morality; e.g. people of faith having their money confiscated by the government leviathan to pay for abortions, to the obvious financial actuality that the program will bankrupt the U.S.A.
Referring to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office’s revelation that the real cost of the PPACA is around $1.76 trillion dollars over ten years, not $940 billion as initially claimed by the current administration, one pundit writes:
This staggering 87% increase in cost is for a program that is certain to damage the American economy and, quite simply, hurt people – especially seniors, who can expect to receive lower quality care and even rationed care.
Again, this barely exposes the tip of the proverbial iceberg and the underlying issues of morality such as “end of life counseling” and denial of payments for life-saving medical procedures when the government determines the patient’s life is not worth the cost based upon their age.
Although at present the “death panel” provision, as referred to by many on the right, did not make it into the final draft of Obamacare, much to the chagrin of the “benevolent” left, the government’s takeover of health care laid the foundation for politicians to achieve such ultimate goals.
Not unlike when the government wrongly assumed it had jurisdiction over the institution of marriage; voila, “gay marriage” is now an untoward reality in the land.
The sooner American voters awaken from their media-induced trance and vote out each and every politician who would endorse such legislation, the sooner the country can put a tentative foot back on the road to recovery.
The damage already done by Mr. Obama and his progressive drones is considerable. It is only because the U.S. actually is an exceptional nation – contrary to the president’s insistent and repetitive apologizing for her greatness to potentates around the globe – that she will be able to recover.
Sooner than later would be better.