ObamaCare tried to push through a sizable tax increase to subsidize a particular class of voters using insurance companies to collect and distribute the new welfare benefits.
The plan was so outrageously unconstitutional that it’s actually breathtaking. It was also completely cynical and stupid.
People don’t like tax increases. But they really don’t like seeing a vital product suddenly get taken off the market and replaced by one that costs twice as much.
Obama might have gotten away with blaming the insurance companies, if the Tea Party hadn’t put up enough of a fight that
1. The program became known as ObamaCare
2. Obama was forced to tour the country lying to everyone and telling them that they could keep their doctors
Now the Democratic Party has to choose between Obama’s legislative legacy, backed by powerful left-wing donors, and winning the 2014 elections and making it easier for Hillary to pitch herself as the woman who can fix healthcare.
Obama Inc. responded to public outrage over its lie “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan” with even more crazy lies, “Your insurance was a scam”, “It affects only a handful of people” and “ObamaCare is much better than your old insurance.”
That’s fine for Obama. He isn’t going to run for reelection and he’s reasonably confident that his liberal donor-media alliance can hold on to the Senate and maintain the status quo. Senate Democrats however are less confident.
But there are no good options.
Obama’s people seem to be talking up more subsidies. Pivot to blaming an unpopular Congress and calling for more subsidies for a handful of families, in the Obama base, who don’t currently qualify for subsidies, while still leaving most of the middle class screwed.
But if Obama Inc. gets the chance to push the narrative that heartless Republicans won’t provide subsidies to help people afford… blah blah, it will obscure his basic lie and help keep the ObamaCare train moving forward. And then it will hit a bump over employer plans, but by then it will be more deeply embedded and harder to stop.
Forcibly trying to restore canceled policies will be difficult, but it’s what Republicans need to embrace. Yes, the insurance industry will have trouble doing it and will take a major financial loss on it.
The insurance industry needs to learn a painful, bitter and expensive lesson that if it collaborates in a liberal health care nationalization plan, it will get burned. And burned hard.
Sure, a lot of companies didn’t particularly want ObamaCare. They warned that rates would go up and that the outcome would be a mess. But they didn’t fight it the way they would have if they thought it would wreck their finances, cost them a fortune and maybe even put them out of business.
Next time they need to react as if it will. And there’s only one way for them to learn that lesson. If they get stuck with the bill.
The only way to destroy crony capitalism is make it clear that it’s painfully unprofitable and a disaster for the companies that get involved in it.
There are three choices of who gets screwed. ObamaCare screws everyone on the list in varying degrees.
1. The insurance industry
2. Health insurance customers
The Obama plan is to take a little pressure off health insurance customers (while still screwing them) and screw taxpayers some more.
The Republican plan should be to protect taxpayers, win over health insurance customers and punish the companies that chose to play the ObamaCare game.
Abolishing ObamaCare is difficult, but sabotaging it at a functional level, playing divide and conquer with its stakeholders and backers, using popular outrage over its failures to make it more dysfunctional and unsustainable is a lot easier.
ObamaCare is Obama’s Iraq. Republicans should treat it the way that Democrats treated the Iraq War.