The GOP Should Be Obamacare's Death Panel

Even apologists for Obamacare admit it's in trouble.

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When The New York Times tells you Obamacare is "ailing" and must change to survive, rest assured that the law is in serious trouble.

Then again, people who read The New York Times might be under the impression the only way to fix a collapsing state-run program is to pass another, more intrusive state-run program—in this case, a "public option."

In truth, it was probably something of a shock to most Times readers that the Affordable Care Act has struggled at all. For years, left-wing punditry has been churning our prodigious quantities of Obamacare fanfic, praising and hailing every ACA stumble as another unrealized measure of success. They made this denial loop possible by reframing Obamacare's expectations and reimagining its purpose.

Here's something worth remembering: If we evaluate Obamacare using the parameters Democrats themselves laid out when campaigning and passing the historically partisan reform, we have no choice but to view it as a debacle.

Of course, there are the obvious instances of outright falsehoods. Take Obama's "If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it" assertion. Millions of Americans have been forced off their insurance plans, no matter how much they liked them.

The president also assured Americans that Obamacare would lower premiums for the typical family by up to $2,500 a year. Instead, average premiums were expected to rise to $3,700 by this year. Colorado, for instance, expects health insurance rates to jump 20 percent on average for individual buyers next year alone. All those explanations, skewed charts and pretend projections were wrong.

Obama also pledged that once state marketplaces "have fully implemented, you're going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that if you're an employee at a big company you can get right now—which means your premiums will go down." They haven't. Not only have rates risen but there has been an exodus of insurance providers, who are unable to compete even in these contrived and subsidized exchanges. Kaiser Family Foundation recently released a study in which it estimates 974 counties across the country will only feature a single insurer on Obamacare exchanges in 2017. In 2016, it was 225. Five states are likely to have only one Obamacare insurer in all counties. Rather than create competition, this experiment has only strengthened in-state insurance cartels.

Obama promised that Obamacare wouldn't add a penny to the deficit and would cost less than a trillion dollars (remember the 10 years taxation for the eight years of ACA?). Meanwhile, Obama has spent billions of health care dollars—without any congressional authority—to bail out his struggling program.

Perhaps the only real achievement Obama and his allies can dependably point to is the increase in insured Americans. But when we consider that the government penalizes you for failing to buy insurance, it's hardly a surprise. It's tantamount to bragging about increasing military recruitment numbers after passing a draft. And Democrats do seem perversely satisfied with idea of using state force as a marketing tool.

Obamacare was ostensibly about controlling greedy insurance companies (who wrote most of the cronyistic bill in the first place) and "bending the cost curve." In reality, Democrats have used Obamacare as a tool for social engineering and expanding the welfare state. As Obamacare falls apart, Democrats now turn to the "public option"—a state-run program—because incrementalism is what they always do.

The public option is not new. Six years ago, before the Democratic Party had fully completed its hard-left turn, its moderates rejected the "public option." One of the prevailing myths of the Obamacare battle was that the president had attempted to negotiate with the Republican Party in good faith. Every concession that was offered was meant to entice moderate Democrats to vote for the bill—because every last one of them was needed to pass it.

In a sycophantic interview with New York magazine, Obama argues that moderate Dems who supported his bill were being brave. Hardly. At the time, red-state Democrats were sold on the idea of Obamacare becoming popular once it passed. Yet, despite repeated assurances from politicians and pundits, Obamacare is still just as unpopular in polls. By passing a national reform without any buy-in from half the country, Democrats destroyed their majority and made it impossible to move any meaningful domestic legislation for the rest of Obama's presidency.

Liberals like to mock Republicans for being obsessed with overturning Obamacare. Now that it's useful, though, be prepared for lots of conversations about the future of the bill; about GOP obstructionism; about how conservatives hate sick women and children, etc. But if Republicans capitulate and help "fix" Obamacare, either through another taxpayer-funded insurance bailout or a "public option," they will become co-owners of a disaster.

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) introduced a Senate resolution for the "public option," claiming it "is critical to bringing more competition and accountability to the insurance market." Never in the history of mankind has a state-run entity in a private marketplace created more competitiveness or accountability. This is a debate conservatives should welcome because we might be talking beauty queens and a billionaire's 20-year-old tax return today, but after the election the GOP has a chance to effectively finish off Obamacare. And it should take it.

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    1. Yeah, but can “they” afford their O-care coverage?

  2. “after the election the GOP has a chance to effectively finish off Obamacare”

    What? How?

    Nothing I read in your otherwise accurate assessment of the history of the ACA would lead me to conclude that.

  3. “…Take Obama’s “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it” assertion.”
    “…The president also assured Americans that Obamacare would lower premiums for the typical family by up to $2,500 a year”
    “…Obama also pledged that once state marketplaces “have fully implemented, you’re going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that if you’re an employee at a big company you can get right now?which means your premiums will go down.”
    “…Obama promised that Obamacare wouldn’t add a penny to the deficit”

    And they’re not finished lying, either.

    1. You forgot the GOP promise to keep it from passing repeal it fix it replace it with a universal health-care system that works.

    2. I have heard several leftie pundits say that the yuuuge premium increases don’t matter because people get subsidies to offset the increase.
      Which pretty much boils down the essence of leftie wrongthinking: costs don’t matter when someone else is paying

      1. Hmm. I thought their boy Bill Clinton made the case that the middle class was getting screwed by Ocare a few days ago. Who am I supposed to believe here?

  4. Obamacare was ostensibly about controlling greedy insurance companies (who wrote most of the cronyistic bill in the first place) and “bending the cost curve.”

    Given how much insurance companies have lost on the program, I have to assume that they wrote it in reaction to what the alternative was. This is the “compliance culture” that’s been talked about. The executive passes ‘guidance’ and warnings– essentially saber-rattles to segments of the economy, and they snap into compliance rather than be hit with executive branch lawsuits and investigations.

    1. Given how much insurance companies have lost on the program, I have to assume that they wrote it in reaction to what the alternative was.

      By and large, no. They did it on the premise that they’d get a surge in new customers forced to purchase their services. They got a big bump in their stock prices too. It’s just that the companies never stopped and thought about what making a deal with the devil means.

      1. Pretty sure they also bet on the come, presuming that Obo would be able to bail them out; that the R’s wouldn’t dare make the payments at least hard (read: illegal, but Obo’s doing it anyhow).

  5. All of those promises were made on the contingency of the everything-phobic white-supremacist republicans providing the infinity funding required for the Act to operate. It’s failure is entirely the fault of white, straight men who want poor people to suffer and die.

    1. fault of white, straight men

      Jerry Lewis has a lot to be ashamed of, but Obamacare is not one of them.

      1. Fucked up my own joke, dammit.

    2. I remember a prog friend sent a link to a Mother Jones article on ten things to know about opposition to obamacare. Number 10 was “Republicans don’t want poor people to have health insurance”. I unfriended that person immediately after reading that.

  6. Look you idiots, Obamacare will work, it can work, you just have to commit to the ideal of “no one gets sick or injured”. Is that so hard?

  7. You can ignore known economic forces but rest assured- they will never ignore you.

  8. Nice try, Hugh, but that’s not a scorpion.

  9. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) introduced a Senate resolution for the “public option,” claiming it “is critical to bringing more competition and accountability to the insurance market.”

    And this, boys and girls, is how you do doublespeak.

    1. Everybody knows the VA offers the finest medical care in the country. They have stats and everything showing so. That’s how you know it is scientific and shit, they have numbers.

  10. The “public option” is just a politically neutral way of saying “single payer”.

    “Single payer” is when the government pays for a minimum level of coverage. Once a public option is implemented, single payer becomes practically unavoidable.

    That’s the second excellent reason to vote for Donald Trump.* Hillary will refuse to sign any reform of the ACA that doesn’t include a public option. Trump will sign a reform of ACA without a public option.

    The ACA won’t last another four years; ergo, if Hillary Clinton wins the White House, we will almost certainly have single payer, and if Donald Trump wins, for the foreseeable future, anyway, we probably won’t have single payer.

    *1) second amendment, 2) single payer, 3) Deep blue state voters can stick their middle finger in the faces of social justice warriors.

    1. You left out the most important reason that Trump is better than Clinton; if Trump wins, I win my bet with my wife and she buys me an ice cream. 😉

      1. Unmitigated good!

        Unless the ice cream is also cursed?

        1. That’s offset by the free topping.

          1. As long as the topping doesn’t contain Potassium Benzoate, you are in the clear.

            (Yes I cheated because I couldn’t remember which chemical it was)

      2. My reasons for voting against Hillary are on a different list–although some of them may overlap.

        The best reason to vote against Hillary is because she abused her public office and took money from foreign governments. It’s such a biggie, I hardly think about the others lesser reasons anymore.

        P.S. Don’t get your heart set on that ice cream. Women welch on bets all the time, and the downside of trying to make them pay up is usually a lot worse than the upside of an ice cream.

        Also, on a side note, I recently discovered that when it seems impossible to make women live by rules because they all think the rules don’t apply to them? one way to get around that is to put them in charge of enforcing the rules. It’s a pain in the ass that way, but in addition to enforcing the rules, if you put them in charge, they’ll also live by the rules, too. It’s a side-effect, but sometimes that’s the only way to git ‘er done.

        1. You don’t say, “From now on, you can’t: 1) . . . 2) . . . 3) . . . .

          You say, “From now on, you’re in charge of: 1) . . . 2) . . . 3) . . . .

          1. It’s like you have to empower them to follow the goddamn rules.

            . . . even when they’re getting paid to follow the damn rules!

            What a pain in the ass.

      3. she buys me an ice cream.

        This better be one of them euphemisms.

    2. *1) second amendment, 2) single payer, 3) Deep blue state voters can stick their middle finger in the faces of social justice warriors.

      That is all good. But you are forgetting the best reason – my Facebook feed. It’ll be like the Dark Night of Brexit, but times 2356.

  11. For years, left-wing punditry has been churning our prodigious quantities of Obamacare fanfic…
    In reality, Democrats have used Obamacare as a tool for social engineering and expanding the welfare state. …
    Six years ago, before the Democratic Party had fully completed its hard-left turn…
    In a sycophantic interview with New York magazine…
    But if Republicans capitulate and help “fix” Obamacare, either through another taxpayer-funded insurance bailout or a “public option,” they will become co-owners of a disaster.

    Damn, this is so much better than Suderman’s mealy-mouthed Obamacare articles. Especially the last point (kill the fucker with fire, Do Not Resuscitate). Can we have more in this vein, please?

    1. Yup. I can get mealy-mouthed “mend it don’t end it” BS anywhere.

  12. Great article. Thanks David.

  13. This is what irks me about Obama’s approval rating being higher than ever now – this is the sonofabitch’s signature achievement, and it’s a massive unmitigated disaster. Why doesn’t this enormous failure attach itself to him and his party?

    1. Because we’re such racists?

  14. Obamacare is going nowhere.

  15. Obama also pledged that once state marketplaces “have fully implemented, you’re going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that if you’re an employee at a big company you can get right now?which means your premiums will go down.”

    I’ve been able to get insurance through my wife’s employer (i’m self employed) at full cost. The same plan on the exchange would be almost twice the cost. Yeah, you get a group rate. But it’s a group of sick old people who have no other option. And I’m one of those who makes just a little too much to benefit from the subsidy.
    If you had told me 10 years ago that “healthcare” in the U.S. could be even more fucked up than it already was I would have laughed in your face. But Obama managed to do it. Remarkable guy.

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