From American Exceptionalism to American Exemptionalism
Obamacare's problems are legion. As much fun as it would be to do so, I won't recite the litany of exemptions, delays, and major "glitches." Let the judgment of the law's primary author, Senator Max Baucus, suffice: ObamCare's implementation is a "train wreck."
Has anyone noticed that all the praise emanating from Washington and its corporate and media collaborators around the country continues to be based on to-be-proven promises and hypotheticals? So far, many of these promises have been proven wrong (O.K., some might even call these promises "lies"). There is almost nothing about ObamaCare currently extant that is praiseworthy.
And now we have experienced the grand rollout of the new state insurance exchanges. Participation in these exchanges is mandatory for all those who are not covered by qualifying health insurance plans at work. Day one has been, by most measures, a disaster.
Here's what the Democrats should've done: instead of exempting the White House staff, Congress and its staffs, and the rest of the federal workforce, they should've implemented Obamacare with all federal employees first -- suffering the initial (and very possibly permanent) glitches, testing the viability of the law on themselves first. In this way, they would've done what leaders do: they would've led the way, before asking the rest of us to follow in their path.
But there are no real leaders in Washington, D.C. Just rulers. Instead of embracing ObamaCare themselves before asking the rest of us to do so, they chose to legislate -- no, mandate -- no, inflict ObamaCare on the rest of the country while insulating themselves and their friends from its deleterious effects.
Nothing demonstrates Washington's aristocratic contempt for the Country Class -- all us non-elites -- more than ObamaCare. When did it become OK for the people we send to Washington to exempt themselves from their membership in We the People? When did Washington choose to forsake American exceptionalism in favor of American exemptionalism? This was the under-reported theme of Ted Cruz's 22-hour Senate Chamber non-filibuster speech: it's the Ruling Class against the rest of us.