A few years back, I too was retailing horror stories from Canadian (and British) health care — wait times, C difficile, etc. But once Nancy Pelosi & Co passed the bill and we found out what was in it, it seemed obvious that Obamacare would be far worse than the Canadian or any other First World system.
He then presented an example (one of soon to be millions) of American’s who have had their health insurance cancelled because their existing coverage doesn’t meet the legislated requirements of the ACA (such as mandatory maternity coverage, even for seniors).
A few days earlier, the same Mark Steyn wrote about how the rollout of the healthcare.gov website has been a fiasco, partly due to the complexity of the regulations and the fact they hired CGI of Montreal, who was known to have wasted billions of Canadian tax dollars on unworkable software for gun control and health records.
There has obviously been a lot of coverage on television (Fox and NBC), newspapers and online about the mess that Obamacare clearly has become and will obviously become worse. But I think many of the talking heads are missing the point. This was INTENTIONAL. Many conservatives have posited that Obama and his socialist cohorts are incompetent. For a while I suspected this was the case, because I couldn’t imagine a worse plan than what the ACA proposed.
But then I recalled what Rahm Emmanuel, Obama’s former Chief of Staff, once said:
Never let a crisis go to waste.
I think this is exactly what Obama and his socialists are doing – except that they have engineered the crisis. And they have patience – they knew it would take longer than the Obama administration to achieve. Obama himself might even be a pawn, because the failure of Obamacare is a key part of the plan.
The complex regulations and failure to rollout the exchanges effectively will create a mess where many Americans who had health insurance will find themselves having to shell out significantly more for policies they don’t need. They will get frustrated. And the Left will blame the insurance industry. The left will wait until their is frothing outrage, but carefully funnel that outrage towards the insurance companies, who will be blamed for not offering the affordable insurance plans Obama promised the American people. The protestations of the insurers that they had no choice, given the constraints of the ACA will be for naught, as that argument is complex and requires rational thought. The Left’s argument will appeal to the heart and emotions on the street. In times of crisis, that always works better.
The solution, to be proposed by Obama or his successor, will be to remove the “evil” insurance companies completely, and create the state-run, single payer system of which the left dreams. To use Steyn’s title, they will create a system worse than Canada’s just so they can have a system just like the ones that Canadian’s suffer with today and which will slowly bankrupt both countries.