Dear Liberals, Conservatives Were Always Right About Obamacare
A year from now, as Obamacare’s falling apart with all the evidence, being on the side of the party that tried to stop it and went to the length of taking real political risk trying to stop it, is something that will be admirable, and people will want to be associated with. And look, if I were running the House, I’d have a vote on repeal every single month. – Michael A. Needham in Politico Magazine, November 13, 2013
For years conservatives have been warning lawmakers that Obamacare would harm the American people because it is unaffordable and unworkable. Contrary to liberals’ protestations, Obamacare is a government takeover of healthcare, and the government has proven woefully inadequate for the task.
In months leading up to the October 1 rollout of the Obamacare exchanges, conservatives battled the failing law intensely, but Democrats, and some Republicans, refused to cooperate. Now millions of Americans are losing the health care plans they liked, despite President Obama’s promise that they could keep their plans under Obamacare. Conservatives’ prescience stands in stark contrast with liberals’ lack of foresight. Hate to say, “We told you so.”
It’s clear now that the whole shutdown thing could have been avoided if Mr. Obama had been willing to bend on his signature health-care law — something reality has since forced him to do, and something he will likely have to continue to do — instead of accusing the Republicans of being “terrorists” who are holding the country captive.
And rather than crashing, as the president predicted, the private sector survived just fine without government. Obama’s specific prediction — “I mean whatever effect Obamacare might have on the economy is far less than even a few days of government shutdown” — turned out to be precisely wrong.
Finally, the events of the last month have shown that Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee were correct to make a final stand against the law, and it’s really the president and his policies that are terrorizing the country.
That’s the reality that makes the following type of headline possible in National Journal on November 18: “Why Obamacare Is On Life Support: Democrats may be calling for repeal if the law’s problems don’t get resolved soon.”
The article breaks it down in terms even Democratic supporters of Obamacare should understand:
Unless the HealthCare.gov website miraculously gets fixed by next month, there’s a growing likelihood that over time, enough Democrats may join Republicans to decide to start over and scrap the whole complex health care enterprise. That became clear when even Obama, to stop the political bleeding, offered an administrative fix that threatened the viability of the entire individual exchange market to forestall a House Democratic mutiny the next day.
The reality is that the problems are never going to get resolved. It’s not that there are problems with Obamacare. Obamacare IS the problem.
Myriad news outlets, including notoriously liberal ones, can’t help but write similar headlines:
- CBS News, November 17: “Is the Affordable Care Act in serious jeopardy?”
- New York Times, November 17: “Lesson Is Seen in Failure of 1989 Law on Medicare”
- Politico, November 18: “Obamacare’s threat to liberalism”
- Washington Post, November 18: “Can Democrats avoid a circular firing squad on Obamacare? The early signs aren’t promising.”
Obamacare is the problem for Democrats facing reelection, but much more importantly, it’s the problem for America and for healthcare as we know it. The Heritage Foundation notes:
While the law’s supporters finally admit that some people will be worse off under the law, they now claim that those “losers” will be few and far between.
The facts speak otherwise. Few Americans will be unaffected by Obamacare’s new health care regime.
Among the many losers under Obamacare are individuals who have insurance through their employer, individuals who purchase their own health plan, individuals who qualify for a subsidy under Obamacare, and senior citizens on Medicare. Virtually the entire country will be affected:
The idea that “only” 3 percent of Americans will end up on the short end of a 2,700-page law remaking the nation’s health care system seems as fanciful as the president’s pledge that those who like their current plan could keep it.
Conservatives at the Heritage Foundation, in Congress, and across the country were right about Obamacare all along. The longer it takes for liberal politicians to figure that out, the more damage they do to themselves and to people they’re allegedly in Washington to serve.