As the long awaited Obamacare overhaul begins to crash and burn, I must apologize, for I cannot help myself when I say: I told you so. But we are only at the precipice of what will undoubtedly be a painful tumble down a deep and jagged canyon.
Why of course, wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone could receive the healthcare that they need – the unemployed, the homeless, the undocumented immigrants? There is no disputing that. What a utopia that would be – no suffering and no heartbreak. But that, unfortunately, is where liberal logic stops.
What about the logistics? Healthcare is expensive, and somebody has to pay for it. So, they say, have the exuberantly wealthy pay. It won’t even make a dent in their wallets. Force the insurance companies and force the employers to cover everybody. It is the right thing to do, after all.
Wow, what a wonderful plan. That is, until you have to pay for it. Yes, you – you, struggling to pay for the mortgage, to pay for your children’s tuitions, even to pay for food on the table. Young idealists do not face these daily struggles, so they easily fall smitten to this fantasy of an overly compassionate and generous society.
The Obama administration’s strategy of spending and spending other people’s money will inevitably lead to a sobering outcome: they will run out of other people’s money to spend. With Obamacare advancing, it is finally becoming clear that the burden is falling most heavily on the middle class. People are losing their health coverage – the insurance that they have chosen, that they have liked, and that they have renewed. Premiums and, even more so, deductibles are and will continue to skyrocket, yet these increased costs will pay for insurance that is inferior to what they had before. It does not take a genius to understand that a sixty year-old, single man has no need to pay for maternity coverage. Yet that is what Obama’s “Affordable Care” Act mandates. Obamacare was marketed to the masses as a liberal wet dream. But now, as it comes into fruition, pesky logistics are jolting former supporters into a harsh, harsh reality.