The Affordable Care Act: Rosemary's Baby?
Talking heads all over the coastal blue belts and inside the Beltway are belting the Republicans as the big losers in the momentous political struggle over government funding and ObamaCare. The media consensus, including too many at FOX, is that the Republicans caved and have thus handed the Dems and President Zero a huge victory, setting the stage for a Democratic sweep in next year's congressional elections.
Excuse me, but have any of those pundits factored into that equation the blooming national disaster so ironically labeled the Affordable Care Act? Starting with an enrollment system that is mostly inaccessible, and when it is, grudgingly unfolding in bits and bytes, is a budget-rending monstrosity for most young Americans who must purchase their own health insurance, ObamaCare is a gift the Republicans should accept as an unread blessing. The blogosphere is ripe with examples of sticker shock expressed by younger people who are for the first time seeing the actual truth of Hope and Change. Hardworking, productive young citizens finally are coming to the realization that such hope and change doesn't include them.
What once seemed to be such an obviously simple solution to seeing that all Americans have health insurance has run up on the diamond-hard reality of economics: somebody has to pay. Guess what, all you young idealists who voted for Obama and supported national health care: he built it on your strong, young backs, and it is a burden you, the gradually aging healthy, will carry for decades until you finally become users of the services, which will by then likely be reduced to a skeleton of what you could have had before your liberal god destroyed the system.
There is hope, however, that this now-emerging monstrosity, breeching in the worst way, may be aborted in its birthing process -- surely a scenario liberals can admire, what with it being born barely breathing and with little hope of eventual functionality. By liberal doctrine, that's a non-entity, a null, nothing to ever take life. Truth be told, the Obama administration, the Democratic Party, and the liberal movement have taken a bite too far -- one they can't chew, one they can't swallow, and one they will likely choke mightily on at some future date.
Back to the premise of my title: those who have rendered this legislative Rosemary's Baby dead on arrival are not all those acquiescent Republicans in Congress, but the Republican governors who refused to go along with the ObamaCare concept of organizing state exchanges, because those governors wisely saw that path as detrimental to their citizens and their budgets. They resisted and they won by forcing the Feds into taking up their slack and attempting to piece together a multi-state exchange to replace the non-conforming state exchanges. And did it ever have the desired effect. The feds, under the questionably competent Kathleen Sebelius, rolled out an internet interface that is laughably unworkable, financially punitive, and incapable of enrolling folks who face significant dollar penalties if not enrolled by the first of the year.
And to these incompetent federal fools Americans will willingly entrust their health care?
I don't think so...but I sense that something big is coming from a populace so ill-served.