In Jewish law there is a principle of “halacha v'ein morin kein” - a law that ought not be enacted. . The principle is used by scholars who write papers on Jewish law as theoretical construct. Recognizing that consequences might cause more harm than good, they never broadcast some legal findings. Reasons range. Among more common ones is that the community would never accept a decision, no matter how “correct” it may be. Another is that were the “law” to be implemented, a new cadre of sinners could be created. No one wants the onus of transforming a righteous person into a sinner.
There is no doubt that the Affordable Health Care Act has brought a great degree of angst to America. Republicans have been working hard at overturning it. They might be the first to argue that this act might be best off if it were never implemented. The president has used executive orders to resolve some issues of the opposition. He has postponed the personal mandate until 2015 and the small business mandate until 2016.
What would happen if Congress were permitted to revise the entire act as a bipartisan effort? As things now stand, there is no lack of negative consequences to the act as written. No amount of spin can deny the negatives. Might there be an alternative?
The roll out of healthcare.gov was a massive failure. Recovery is just beginning. Security flaws in site software lend themselves to future internet espionage and identity theft. The left leaning Brookings Institute indicates that 80% of Americans will lose money despite a $2500 benefit for all enrollees frequently promised by the President. After presidential promises about keeping policies and doctors, huge numbers of Americans have lost both insurance and physicians. The CBO reports that the equivalent of two million jobs will be lost because of HCA.
There is no argument. America would be better with revision of its healthcare delivery system. The need is obvious to Americans of all political persuasions. But flaws in the HCA are so extensive and obvious that one must wonder if it remains the best approach for now.
Has the act brought more good than bad? The White House inflates numbers to suggest success. It boasts about the less than 3 million that have enrolled to date. America claims a population of over 300 million. If it is so good, why are Americans voting against it with their feet?
Americans must demand an effective, affordable healthcare system. Enacting the act as is remains troublesome. HCA was a response to a clearly identifiable need. As written the act dealt with issues of healthcare theoretically. Much remains to be accomplished. Americans might be best served if this law was never promulgated.