HOUSTON, — President Obama’s legacy may include a stake in the heart of a cherished dream of the progressive left: complete government control of healthcare in America. Obama has always wanted a single-payer, government-run healthcare system, and he set out a complicated but achievable path to get to that goal through Obamacare. The eventual failure of Obamacare would set the stage for single-payer healthcare. Unfortunately for him, he designed Obamacare to fail in the wrong ways at the wrong times, making it harder, not easier to achieve his goal of completely socialized healthcare. If Obamacare dies an early and spectacular failure, it will
Comments: This is an excellent analysis of the premature failure of 0bamacare. I hope he is right.
Everything in this well written article is true, and nothing is truer than the above quote. And if the Republican Leadership was smart (and most of know they are not)they would have backed Cruz. This would have prevented the Regime from doing pushing their current meme that it´s the Republicans fault.
If this is, in fact, premature failure, I like premature failure. To see the creature stumble and fall would be such a blessing to all of us in America. Bring him down. And don´t forget his brains, ValJar. Sideline that witch as well.
All government entitlement programs eventually fail when the parasites overwhelm the system. Most recently, the Subprime Mortgage Reparations program collapsed the economy in 2008. All the financial industry legal shakedowns we´re seeing won´t change that. Social Security and Medicare will as well. This one failed prematurely and it´s absolutely hilarious to watch. Idiots in charge.
It is far, far too late to stop this. It is a dust devil that has blown up into a force 5 tornado. The insurance companies may be permanently damaged. Repealing the act NOW might actually start a recovery - but, that´s not going to happen, just as dumping Øbama is not going to happen. The nations is not going to survive this as the United States we know. Absolute chaos will ensue. Economic disaster we can not imagine could ever happen again looms.
#6, you have read the depths of my mind. I try not to think about it, not much I can do. Look at how the British are desperately trying to untangle the NHS mess. But it´s like trying to fix a bubble in wallpaper. Get it nice and flat and smooth and, lo and behold, another bubble swells up nearby.
I think about my childhood, when so many factories, stores, docks, houses, schools, churches, and other buildings were wiped out by Luftwaffe bombs. Destroyed buildings, fire-bombed facades, huge craters, acres of rubble with pulverized glass twinkling like diamonds on a sunny day, all were normal landscapes to a small child. Nobody stared at burned faces or missing limbs, there were so many of them from bombs and battles. Use all those images as a collective metaphor for what is happening to the standards and values of our country. Then realize it took DECADES to rebuild the UK after the war. Add in the administration´s blitzkrieg tactics and we have problems more serious than most people realize. We are overwhelmed.
It will take even more decades to repair the widespread carpet bombings, tank offensives and storm trooper activities of this administration if something isn´t done very quickly.
I´m glad to read someone who understands the catastrophe is not a crashed website, but the trojan horse of socialism. Too many conservative pundits have wasted energy gloating over a .gov that will - very soon - be fixed, as if that was the big problem with Obamacare! It´s the socialism, stupid.
I too am skeptical about Obamacare´s quick demise, although I would rejoice if it turns out to be true. While reading the article I couldn´t help but think of all the doctors who have retired or will do so in the very near future. This is a tremendous loss to our healthcare system. Insurance rates are rising and will probably never return to reasonable rates after this even if Obama´s plan fails. He has messed things up big time.
Be careful. Here in screwy Vermont the two "private" insurers left are in the tank for government, and really have been since the liberals kicked all their competitors out over the past two decades. The local hospital folks love Pat Leahy and have forced almost all doctors into partnerships. See how the creeping monster works?
Everything progressives touch, they destroy because their thought processes are not grounded in truth. The Obamacare math never worked out. It was a lie to gain power, nothing more. They promised what they knew they could not deliver because they were confident they could convince enough people to follow them. They would worry about the details later. The agenda was their first consideration.
So here we are. People are losing their insurance and what happens to them when the deadline comes and they have not been able to purchase health insurance? They will be uninsured. Accidents happen. Illnesses occur. These people will be in limbo while facing enormous medical bills. The chaos is coming and with it comes the solution provided by the ever benevolent Barack Obama, single payer.
I too hope that Edward´s is right. But, if Obie goes down for his failure, he will not go down quietly. I am sure Obie already has a scorched-earth strategy up his sleeve for punishing America for not conforming to his way and the punishment will be carried out on or before January 2017.
Under ordinary circumstances this should create a political opportunity of a life time. But the Beltway leadership of whimpering, spineless RINOs is not only willing but eager to split the difference with evil (also expressed as ´the law of the land´). What a waste!
Edwards´ (and Rush´s) point about the website being only that - a way to maneuver the insurance companies with the consumer -- is very important. The government isn´t selling Obamacare. It doesn´t produce any products. It just regulates.
The website really IS "just a website", designed only to interface the insurers with the insured. But insurers are going broke trying to insure, and the insured are going broke trying to buy expensive insurance.
How can that possibly work? Or is the real goal to crash both insurers and the insured, get the uninsured to die (death panels) for lack of timely treatment, and then place the government in charge of hiring second-rate doctors and taking over existing hospitals, nationalizing them under a single bollixed-up system that will garnish the wages of anyone who won´t comply?
Meanwhile they print billions a month in dollars and add up more bad debt with debacles like this. What it means is bankruptcy faster and government take over of everything. Obamacare is just a means to an end. The dollar is close to devaluation and we will all suffer much more than we can imagine.
Great piece and straight to the point. I agree, that this failure could be a knock out punch to the progressives for awhile. However, not forever. They will continue to prey on the food stampers, the undocumented and the phony disabled for their base while they tell the rest of us to shut up and pay the bills. We need a strong, fearless and likable leader. This person will need all our support to help us out of this mess. Moreover, there needs to be a strategy and a take no prisoners approach. The old way of running a campaign won´t work. More than anything, we need to be united. There will always be those among us who find faults. However, fighting with each other is counterproductive at this time. As you know, there´s strength in numbers and we need all the power we can muster. We can deal with minor issues later on. We are fighting a war on multiple fronts and need to stand as a solid block.
I wish this were true, however, the rino bums will promise the sun, moon, and stars loaded with pork two months out and the sheeple will follow along. Idealistic talk is fine, but people vote their pocketbooks.
Sometimes I wonder if the rino bums know those voting for them in the primaries are democrats, (see Rush’s Operation Chaos) and are juggling their base and those wolves in sheeple’s clothing. They promise everyone everything and then once firmly ensconced for another 6 years go about their happy business of salting away more and more taxpayer dollars for their own. Fraud works in mysterious ways.
If #14 is reading the tea leaves correctly, it just proves correct the old saying, follow the money.
I believe I have commented here previously that I have long held the suspicion that this was nothing more that a gigantic kickback scheme to fleece the taxpayers of a gigantic amount of money. The fact that one of Moochie´s old classmates is part of it just adds some fuel to the fire.
This was never meant to succeed in the first place. It was just meant to line the pockets of Obama and his buds. Possibly even Soros.
El Rushbo thinks that all of this is heading us toward single payer. Single payer is failing in Great Britain. If it were tried here, it would fail even faster. There aren´t enough tax dollars or national debt dollars to finance single payer health care in this country. Our expectations of the health care system in this country are too high. Long lines, shoddy care and early death may work in the inner city but will have a much harder time being accepted across the rest of the U.S.A.
The Obama administration clearly does not know what it is doing. From the start they have believed that good intentions were the guarantee of good results. That may be true in a communist utopia, but the real world is different. When their dreamy progressive ideas subject large numbers of Americans to constant worries about whether they can risk doing without health insurance and whether they will be able to get medical care if they need it, there will be a backlash.
I´ve thought that was the plan from the beginning, destroy the insurance companies so the government in its infinite mercy has to step in to rescue the helpless citizens and take control of their health and their lives. It would be a blessing if that plan blows up right now but I´m not so sure it would work even if it continues on to eliminate the insurance companies. There will come a point at which the country as a whole will have to choose between multiple private competing insurers (which would require, for instance, not killing them with impossible rules like having to accept pre-existing conditions . . . let the states and charitable organizations take care of that) or having the federal government as the single all powerful bestower of healthcare (which would probably be presented as a ´public option´ which sounds innocent but just authorizes the government to run all private insurers out of the market and take over). That´s when we really have to make the decision between the free market (which we`ve had since the country was formed and which has made us rich) and socialism (which has never worked anywhere anytime). I think that if someone can make those points with the public (hello Republicans, Ted, Marco, Mike, anyone?), we will choose the free market.
#6. Even tho Americans have grown fat, lazy and apathetic, which is the reason we´re where we are, that is also the reason forcing some sort of other governing system won´t work here. We´re too used to what we have. No other country has ever enjoyed our standard of living. When/if all our electronic conveniences and toys begin to disappear, the stores shelves begin to empty , etc.., notice will begin. But before that will be the loss of private enterprise and business´. When a socialist can´t get their car fixed, grumblings will lead back to our Founding. No, Obama and his crew are an experiment that just wont fly here. The dichotomy is a circle of paradigm.
Poster #20 makes a very good point. The Tea Party/Republicans better have a Plan B ready to go that would include a dossier to be used for Articles of Impeachment. He won´t get found guilty by the senate, but at least it would allow the country to focus on his crimes which are numerous.
Brilliant analysis! Mr. Edwards has given me a fresh, optimistic, perspective on the Obama administration and Obamacare. So much so that I am once again going to contact my three Maryland Congressclowns who (don´t) represent me.
He even gave me a new expression for the ´MSM´: "the government and its partners in the mainstream media."
#6 fired me up and I was all set to take umbrage (whatever the heck that is) until I read #9. I was crushed; Mrs. A seemed to be as pessimistic as #6. I hated to be in disagreement with her. Then I read her last sentence: "It will take even more decades to repair the widespread [damage] of this administration if something isn´t done very quickly. [The unfailing optimism of a WWII Brit survivor peeps out in those last 4 words.]
I´m beginning to think we´ll be alright. In any case, look for some shocking international news to blow our trivial problems with Obamacare off the front pages.
Well, he said that all the senators up for reelection are calling for a delay........Not our "beloved" Al Franken. He believes it´s too early and we should be patient and things are steadily improving. One would think it should be easy to run against such a buffoon, but we all know that when the final vote is in, he will have received 120% of the votes in some counties, and bags of ballots will be found in parked cars, etc., to insure the egomaniacal crook another six years.
WashTimes Journalist James Edwards, and a few good Ldotters, start off on the wrong semantic distracting foot. They call all this unconstitutional garbage, "progressive". They even soften it as, "socialized", when, in fact, the grand, covert scheme is to communize COMMUNIZE a vital major segment of our relatively free economy. So let´s get some vital terminology straight: obamacide is the latest bankrupting attempt of a Communist takeover, and includes in this instance, complete domination and control of the most valuable safety valve in all free market industry.... the most important service, insurance. Without insurance no proper business can function with safety. Worse, the communist driven Obama Soros Jaret Reid Puglosi Feinstein Schumer Waxman cabal of violence provoking Marxist Leninists scheme to covertly destroy our amazing universal safeguard, open market, voluntary, free choice, competitively provided insurance! All business covers itself with legimate, competitive insurance. Government does not insure itself against war, failure, property damage. No, government just covers its ass by printing, out of thin air, more pay-off and bribe money. It steals from ITSELF ! ! ! The one silent voice we do not see or hear at all, is the common sense voice of insurance, the ultimate and very wonderful and true protection. The last thing we all need, is for our destructive so called leaders to create so much chaos and confusion, that we allow them to distract us while they destroy open free market insurance. Instead of watching dummies Tom Hanks and George Clooney running around the White House kissing it up with the imposter, why doesn´t the insurance industry find a celebrity super star who is not a Communist, and offer him or her the job of describing the importance of freely chosen insurance in this great country of America!
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