April 30 2013
Today's ObamaCare Horror Story
Today’s ObamaCare horror story is by Stanford professor and Hoover fellow Daniel Kessler.
Kessler has a good synopsis of how millions of Americans will pay more for insurance, lose coverage altogether, or have their hours at work reduced as a result of ObamaCare. It’s well worth reading in its entirety. But here is what I’d like to note:
In total, it appears that there will be 30 million to 40 million people damaged in some fashion by the Affordable Care Act—more than one in 10 Americans. When that reality becomes clearer, the law is going to start losing its friends in the media, who are inclined to support the president and his initiatives. We'll hear about innocent victims who saw their premiums skyrocket, who were barred from seeing their usual doctor, who had their hours cut or lost their insurance entirely—all thanks to the faceless bureaucracy administering a federal law.
The allure of the David-versus-Goliath narrative is likely to prove irresistible to the media, raising the pressure on Washington to repeal or dramatically modify the law. With the implementation of ObamaCare beginning to take full force at the end of the year, there will be plenty of time before the 2014 midterm elections for Congress to consider its options.
For those like Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who told a gathering a few weeks ago at the Harvard School of Public Health that she has been "surprised" by the political wrangling caused so far by ObamaCare, there are likely to be plenty of surprises ahead.
I wish I shared Mr. Kessler’s belief that mere human suffering on a humongous scale could turn the media against something President Obama and Democrats want.
David-versus-Goliath stories irresistible? Not when such stories harm President Obama’s legacy.
It is likely ObamaCare will fall of its own weight, but I am not sure the media will be eager to give it a shove.
One way to imperil ObamaCare is to make sure that Congress doesn’t find a way to exempt themselves. We must be vigilant on this score. They got found out trying to do this last week and had to give up--for now.
We must keep an eye on them, though. We need them to feel our pain for two reasons: 1.) Their personal discomfort will be a tool to help them see the need for repeal of this monstrous “reform.” 2.) We should not have a class of lawmakers who make laws for the rest of us and then exempt themselves.