Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Monday, June 10, 2013

ObamaCare Heading for a Train Wreck

The liberals predicted that ObamaCare would be a big success by now. Instead, its leading architects, such as Senator Max Baucus, are now saying that ObamaCare is heading for a "train wreck" later this year. Senator Baucus's metaphor is being echoed by other Democrats because it is so obviously true. Harry Reid said, "I agree with him"; Senator Jay Rockefeller described it as "so complicated" that it's "beyond comprehension"; Henry Chao, the government's chief technical officer in charge of implementing the exchanges, said "Let's just make sure it's not a third-world experience." ObamaCare originally was released with a 21-page application form in order to get health insurance, with 61 pages of instructions attached. That caused a big outcry over the length and complexity, and the ObamaCare application was shortened; but that was only cosmetic. The same nosy questions are now asked on three separate forms (of 3, 5, and 12 pages) plus three appendices, plus a requirement that families with more than one child must "make a copy of pages 4 and 5 and complete" a form for each additional child.

Most states have repudiated key aspects of ObamaCare, with the result that our nation is now divided between about 16 "ObamaCare states" and 34 states that respect individual liberty. Every state in the South, from Virginia through Texas, has rejected a central part of ObamaCare by declining to increase its Medicaid rolls, despite the promise of massive federal handouts. The official name of Obamacare is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but this law is turning out to be neither protective of patients nor affordable. The American public was promised that we could keep our insurance and our physicians, but in fact many millions of Americans will lose their health insurance and access to their own physicians.

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