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Obamacare: “Classic Central Planning” and “A Third World Experience”

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is taking continued heat from Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) who blames her and HHS for failing to “educate” people about the ridiculously complex Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare.

It’s her fault, according to Baucus, that Obamacare is going to be a “train wreck.”  Is it reasonable to blame Sebelius for Obamacare’s failures?  The Heritage Foundation’s Robert E. Moffit explains the difficulties she’s had implementing the law:

Last year, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Katherine Sebelius announced her department could not implement the long-term care component of Obamacare. Financially, she said, it was simply not workable. And just this month Sebelius announced that she was postponing a program designed to allow small businesses to offer more than one plan for their workers. Meanwhile, more than half the states have declined to set up a ‘health insurance exchange” under the burdensome terms and conditions of the law, leaving it to Washington to do it for them.

Kathleen Sebelius may or may not be failing at her job, but Mr. Baucus fails to see the real problem: Obamacare was always destined to be a train wreck. 

Moffit says Obamacare is “a victim of its own complexity.”

Though Mr. Baucus was the key architect of this terrible law, he seems to forget what Moffit reminds us:

Enacted in 2010 as a 2,700 page bill, the law called for the creation of more than 150 new federal boards, commissions, panels and programs. It has spawned more than 20,000 additional pages of regulation so far—and that’s after only three years of an eight-year implementation schedule. Welcome to the future!

There’s a reason for this mind-numbing complexity: Obamacare is the boldest attempt at government central planning in American history.

Moffit’s paper is well worth reading in its entirety, but just to help Sen. Baucus refresh his memory, Moffit explains how controlling Obamacare is:

The law gives federal officials power over all major decisions in American health care: what kind of health plans, benefits and levels of coverage Americans must buy; what is permissible for insurers in terms of administrative costs, profit levels, or premiums; what’s acceptable as preventive care; what benefits business owners, religious organizations and charities must offer; how states must run their new, untested health insurance exchanges… the list goes on and on, including new mandates and hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes and fees—not to mention fines and penalties for noncompliance.

It is totally ludicrous to think Kathleen Sebelius can just clear this up for the American people or that “educating” America about this law would magically make Obamacare anything but a “train wreck.”

In case there was any confusion, remember:

The problem is that central planning in any complex sector of the economy is unworkable—a lesson that Washington progressives either cannot or will not learn.

Wake up and smell Obamacare, Sen. Baucus!  The law you and your liberal allies pushed down America’s proverbial throat doesn’t taste so good.  And the blame game is never going to change that. 

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