When considering who is responsible for the train wreck that is Obamacare (AKA the Affordable Care Act), it is easy to point the finger at the chief executive and look no further. Surely, the namesake gets a lot of credit, after all, he toured the country selling the legislation with his signature lie, "If you like your current insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." Conservative pundits hollered from the rooftops that this would not be the case, but the president played the part of the expert salesman, and here we are--Americans are losing coverage and doctors are retiring due to Obamacare.
While President Obama does bear the bulk of the responsibility for his signature legislation, it is important to remember how it was passed. At the time of its passing, the Democratic party held both houses of congress and the presidency. Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House and Harry Reid was the Senate Majority Leader. The majority houses in both parties came together in closed door meetings (even going so far as to lock their Republican associates out of the room) to craft the legislation without (apparently) reading it first. Who can forget Nancy Pelosi's famous line, "We have to pass [the legislation] so we can know what is in it."
Conservative leaders tried approximately 40 times to get the law repealed and it was denied by the Democrat owned Senate led by Harry Reid. The final attempt to repeal the legislation culminated in a government shut down because Senator Reid refused to compromise or negotiate with the Republicans in the House of Representatives. Republicans sent small changes like:
- remove the medical device tax
- delay the individual mandate for a year
- require congress to enroll in Obamacare instead of keeping their special health plans
"No Compromise" Reid refused them all, proclaiming that he would keep his cadillac healthplan for the benefit of the people of America.
Now we are about 6 weeks into Obamacare. We are seeing 5o people lose their desired health plan for every 1 person who has signed up through the broken exchange website. We are finding out that the people hired to receive your personal information and help you through the enrollment process do not need a criminal background check and some are actually encouraging people to lie on their enrollment forms. The website itself cost millions of dollars and still is not functional at any acceptable level. The President and his staff tell us that it will be fixed by the end of November, but who really knows. We are already seeing evidence that the administration knowingly lied about this law.
Now the president is trying to sell the American people on the idea that he can reinstate cancelled insurance policies for a year (until the 2014 elections are over) but he doesn't even have that authority. Once again, he is just playing political games with no regard for the real world ramifications.
Over the next year, this Gruesome Threesome and their cronies will try to convince you that Obamacare's failures are the result of Republican obstructionism. They will try to sell you on the idea that the only way to fix this mess is to institute a "single payer system." A single payer system is a system where the government takes total control over healthcare because all healthcare is paid through taxpayer funds. This might sound good at first, but the consequences of a single payer healthcare system include:
- less medical innovation
- a government panel that approves or denies treatment options
- limited medical resources
- fewer doctors (because they get paid less)
- longer waiting periods for treatment or surgeries
Most importantly, the same government that completely mismanaged the rollout of Obamacare would mismanage your personal healthcare decisions.