Well, maybe it will fail miserably, hundreds of thousands will still be uninsured and we will have wasted billions of dollars. Would that make you happy?
Is there nothing like the smell of vindication in the morning?
I hope they get this site operational very, very soon. If not, the disaster won't be just a political one for Obama. It will be for all of us.
Because, really, think about it: What IS Obamacare? It's a set of regulations designed to increase people's access to health insurance--a set of regulations not handed down from on high but worked out in Congressional committees--all through 2009--working alongside representatives from insurance and pharmaceutical companies.
It is by no means perfect, but it does more to increase the numbers of people in this country who have health insurance than anything that has been proposed since Medicare/Medicaid over 40 years ago.
If we erase Obamacare, what do we get? Do you know?
* Insurers can go back to denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Know anyone with diabetes? Arthritis? Asthma?
* Insurers can go back to sending out "sorry" letters: Sorry you had a horrific accident and need 300,000 worth of medical care. You've reached your lifetime limit of health care costs under our policy, so you're on your own.
* People up to age 27 cannot be covered on their parents' policies without conditions. (I have actually known of students in community college who were there so that they could stay on their parents' insurance. Many ended up on academic probation and it was not uncommon to get pleas from parents that Junior not be put on probation because he needed to be full-time to stay on insurance. I'll add that often Junior, motivated to attend college for insurance, was flunking on the taxpayer's dime, too. Getting rid of that fulltime college requirement has probably saved taxpayers some dough.)
* Insurers can go back to having higher caps on out-of-pocket expenses for insurees.
* Insurers can go back to doing lots of things that screw their customers out of money. And they'll argue that they need to because the individual mandate ceases to exist, meaning that they don't get premiums from more healthy people to bring down the costs for everyone. And that's not socialism, unless you consider all insurance policies socialistic. THis is how they work. The more sickly an insurance company's customers are, the less money the company makes. They need healthier costumers to lower the premiums for everyone else. That's how it works, always has. Obama and the Commies did not invent this model.
So I'd be careful in rooting for this to fail. It may make for some sweet "I told you so's" for the right, but if they have bodies or know people who do, they will likely live to regret it.
Edited by Spectacles, 18 October 2013 - 03:06 PM.