The Week the Wheels Came off Obamacare
And where is Bull***tter-in-Chief, if I may riff off Kyle Smith, going to get enough oomph for that challenging a task? The politics of reforms will get even more difficult for the president as Americans come to grips with the sticker shock of higher premiums coupled with higher deductibles, and as we learn more about HealthCare.gov's security breaches, blacklistings, (further) service outages, and just basic incompetence.
It gets even worse for the president as details continue to emerge from how Obamacare was enacted. Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin tell a chilling tale in the Washington Post:
Three and a half years later, such insularity — in that decision and others that would follow — has emerged as a central factor in the disastrous rollout of the new federal health insurance marketplace, casting doubt on the administration’s capacity to carry out such a complex undertaking.
“They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business,” said David Cutler, a Harvard professor and health adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign, who was not the individual who provided the memo to The Washington Post but confirmed he was the author. “It’s very hard to think of a situation where the people best at getting legislation passed are best at implementing it. They are a different set of skills.”
Maybe the American public really does prefer reform to repeal. In that, they may be wise, because Obamacare has already wreaked so much havoc in the insurance industry and in the delivery of medical services, that there may be no putting Humpty Dumpty back together.
Obama demanded a law to "fundamentally transform" American healthcare. The law he got is largely the law he wanted -- largely through subterfuge and lies. As the chief executive of that law, it was his administration's job to implement it, and they failed miserably. Will Americans now trust him to reform it? It seems unlikely. More likely, the country will hobble along aimlessly for another three years with low growth, poor employment, and a worsening health care system. That's a terrible price for an entire nation to pay for the sake of one man's hubris and mendacity.
Obama broke this, but we have to buy it -- from a website which doesn't work.
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