“Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you. First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”--- President Barack Obama, July, 2009
If only that were true. I don't think President Obama meant to lie. He just never bothered to read the bill he signed into law.
I am deeply saddened by the emerging details and near tragic consequences of The Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans are now losing their insurance precisely because of The ACA.
You've likely noticed that all Liberals, Democrats and Progressives and the Main Steam Media now refer to the law as The Affordable Care Act or The ACA. Only weeks ago all Democrats used to proudly call it "ObamaCare" as did President Obama himself during the election. Now that it's all falling apart they can't run away from that name fast enough.
I've seen the disaster coming in part because, unlike Members of Congress and unlike President Obama, I actually studied the bill. I read it and studied it and I listened carefully to others who had great knowledge of the details and the likely consequences of what is now, unarguably, the single worst piece of legislation to ever emerge from Congress.
I've written again and again and again and again about the pain and suffering this law would cause, the almost unimaginable expense to both the government and to individuals, the dismantling destruction of our health care system and the impact on both doctors and patients. I knew many, if not most, people would not be able to keep either their doctors or their insurance.
One of my friends commented last night that at least now I can say, "I told you so."
I would have preferred to be wrong. I take to comfort in being right. I take even less comfort in the fact that our intractable Congress is not currently up to the job of fixing the problems..... or even addressing the problems.
Millions of people will now lose their health care and their insurance because of President Obama's ego and stupidity (there is simply no other word to describe his failure to ever read the bill he claimed as his own). They will not be able to get substitute insurance under the unworkable system of insurance the law mandates.
Those who somehow can magically cobble together insurance to replace their cancelled policies and can somehow afford the staggering cost of premiums and deductibles will be very angry. When they discover they can no longer see the doctor of their choice or use the hospital of their choice they will be very angry.
Many Democrats now see the handwriting on the wall. Sadly, it's just too late. Dems are quietly lobbying for a delay in implementation, but that might actually make matters worse. People are receiving notices of cancelled policies today. Their insurance ends on December 31st. God forbid they need surgery on January 1st. Delaying the ACA won't help.
Here's my prediction: November of next year will be a bloodbath for Democrats. Republicans who shut down the government trying to stop ObamaCare will turn from goats into legendary folk heroes.
There is no excuse. This was all foreseeable.