Forget Hayek, forget Rand, forget even the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the best advertisement for libertarianism ever is ObamaCare.
No organization, legislation or plan in memory makes a stronger argument for the inferiority of government to the private sector than the black comically named Affordable Care Act.
The president himself seemed to realize this when he reached for a private sector comparison to explain ObamaCare’s fumblings and delays by reminding us that even Apple has glitches when it rolls out a new product.
So it does. But nothing remotely on the level of the ObamaCare website fiasco that still isn’t anywhere near fixed. According to the Miami Herald, “Nearly two weeks after the federal government launched the online Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov, individuals who have successfully used the choked-up Website to enroll for a subsidized health insurance plan have reached a status akin to urban legend.”
Government sources report as few as 51,000 completed applications for ObamaCare in the first week. At least seven million must sign up for the program to stay afloat financially.
This, after months of preparation, for a website that cost approximately 100 million dollars. Apple CEO Tim Cook would be out on his derriere faster than you could say Kathleen Sebelius for anything resembling such ineptitude. (Apple, for the record, sold nine million of its new iPhone 5S in the first three days.)
And the ObamaCare website is the least of it. The actual implementation will be worse as premiums and coverage ricochet all over the lot and look to continue doing so.
Only government could be this bad. Well not only government, but almost always government.
In truth, especially in a big country like ours, the more the government controls healthcare, the worse that care is — and, ironically, the less democratic, the more discriminatory, it becomes. Where there are bureaucrats, there is favoritism. And the greater the bureaucracy the greater this favoritism and the more difficult to unmask, the more entrenched it is.
I saw a glimpse of this future on cultural exchanges to the Soviet Union in the eighties when I visited Scriptwriters 1 and 2 — twin high-rise residences inhabited by writers approved by the Communist Party. I was told these residences had the best healthcare in the USSR (excepting the Kremlin, undoubtedly) right in the building. I also gathered that many who lived there hadn’t written a word in years, except for a required article here or there fulsomely praising the regime. Naturally, the dissident writers did not live in the building, but in dank hovels, assuming they were not in jail.
What a great way to keep your writers in line, I thought. It could work here — and now maybe it will.
Yes, it’s grim, but we can look upon ObamaCare as a gift. If it is as bad as we think it is, it should be relatively easy to expose.
It will be an albatross around the neck of the Democratic Party, an albatross that could be lethal in 2014.
We must be sure though to publicize that. A campaign of ridicule should be non-stop and begin now. Every misstep must be trumpeted, if possible with humor. Mockery can change minds.
The defunding campaign may have failed, but the path to a full repeal is clear And that is electoral victory in 2014 and 2016.
Toward that end, time for the right to learn a skill they have long neglected — public relations.