Terrific: 58 Percent of the Uninsured Haven’t Even Looked at the Exchanges Yet
Before we begin this morning’s buffet table of bad news for Obamacare, a quick note on the typically bad-faith accusation from the Left that we’re somehow enjoying all the problems stemming from the implementation of this law.
From the beginning, Obamacare fans inside and outside of government insisted that they were right, that we were wrong, and that we were motivated by all sorts of malicious and callous motives. They insisted our skepticism was fueled by ignorance and outdated ideology. Our warnings and dire predictions were dismissed as sour-grapes negativity and pessimism.
Most of the ideas from the right — medical malpractice reform, interstate sales of insurance — were ignored or dismissed. We said you couldn’t require insurance companies to cover a lot of new expenses — i.e., pre-existing conditions — without driving up costs, and that higher costs inevitably would drive up premiums. Obama’s promise that his plan would lower premiums by $2,500 per year for families was always industrial-strength snake-oil, and yet somehow we were the bad guys for saying it couldn’t possibly happen, short of covering the costs from the discovery of the Leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Now it is exceedingly clear that one-sixth of the nation’s economy is being fouled up beyond recognition by a convoluted, complicated, poorly-planned Rube Goldberg of a law that has been implemented by hacks whose overestimation of their own abilities is on an astronomical level.
So we’re not enjoying any of the problems from Obamacare, but spare us the insistence that we not take any satisfaction in seeing our assessment of the world, the limits of policy, the capabilities of government, and the possibility of grandiose, utopian promises reaffirmed, verified, underlined, highlighted, and footnoted in high-definition, day after day.
Jim’s a better man than I. While I’m not enjoying the havoc Obamacare is wreaking on those who fought it and are now, through no efforts of their own, caught in its strangling coils, I do have to admit that I am immensely enjoying the agonies and travails of the clueless idiots who thought Barack Obama was bringing them a free lunch of endless health care forever – on somebody else’s dime.