Alanis Morrisette had a hit song in the 90's called Ironic. The only ironic part of the song was that none of the examples she used were actually ironic.
A funny thing happened on the way to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. Even the people that pushed for it are starting to recognize the unintended consequences of this act. Isn't it ironic that a bill of this magnitude had to be rushed through congress, as Pelosi famously said, "We need to pass the bill so we can see what's in it," and now sections of it are being delayed and put off for at least a year.
My guess is, it will be delayed at least until after the midterm elections. No one's getting reelected with that albatross around their neck, and that's what it's all about in Washington D.C. Maintaining power is far more important than bromides and sound bites about health care for all.
Here's a question though, why is it that people in Washington are trying to make us more like Europe, while nations in Europe are trying desperately to be more like us, or how we used to be.
The austerity measures in several European countries stand in stark contrast to the money is no object spending spree in our nation's capital. Europe has tried the single-payer system, which is the direction that Obamacare is taking us in, and they can't afford it, in spite of the fact that the US has been providing for their security since the end of WWII. Can you imagine how much money we would have if we were not required to provide for our own defense, let alone the defense of the entire free world? Still not enough to afford the Affordable Care Act.
Changing demographics, extended lifespans, and the general laziness of an entire generation raised on entitlements has combined to nearly bankrupt Greece and Spain. Ireland and France are struggling, and it won't be long before most of the EU succumbs to the cold hard reality that the Ponzi scheme of the welfare state is unsustainable.
So why are we in such a rush to follow them down this path? Because politicians know that most people will vote for the people that promise them the most free stuff, never realizing that nothing worth having is free. The people that voted for it, in order to keep their jobs, are now trying to distance themselves from it, in order to keep their jobs.
Now that is ironic.