Obamacare is many things: an infringement on individual liberty, an infectious virus of the welfare state, and a forceful imposition of executive power. Now, it’s turning out to be an utter failure, as expected. President’s own analysts predict meager enrollment numbers in 2016, highlighting what many conservatives have been saying all along --- Americans simply don’t want Obamacare.
“The Obama administration is predicting a meager increase next year in the number of Americans with private insurance through the Affordable Care Act — a forecast, far below previous government estimates, that signals the obstacles to attracting people who remain uninsured,” reports The Washington Post, “That figure is just half the most recent forecast by congressional budget analysts, who have long expected 2016 to usher in the biggest surge in enrollment.”
President Obama failed to account for all the logistical nuances of a government healthcare overhaul. Forcing Americans into insurance premiums they don’t want has naturally resulted in disarray. Acclaimed author Robert A. Heinlein said that “there is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.” The Obama administration’s moral crusade of government-imposed ‘good,’ an oxymoron by any rational measure or historical metric, is slowly but surely crumbling.
The Washington Post adds that “In addition, federal health officials point out that the dynamics of insurance coverage have not been playing out as analysts expected. Fewer employers have dropped health benefits for their workers, and fewer consumers have switched from older policies they purchased on their own. Both factors, HHS officials say, play into their projection of how many people are likely to gravitate to the exchanges.”
When former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told reporters in March of 2010, “We have to pass [Obamacare] so that you can find out what is in it,” she foolishly didn’t expect Americans to reject the president’s abuse of power. The stability and success of the national healthcare system is truly irrelevant to Obama’s perceived sense of self-righteousness.
As long as he "passed healthcare," Obama was okay with placing that so-called accomplishment on the mantle like a Little-League player that earns a trophy just for participation. Bathing in his own glory, the President, soon-to-be ex-President, will build monuments to his legacy without a care in the world for the consequences of his disastrous policies. Domestic policy is a joke to this president. “I have no problem with folks saying ‘Obama cares,’ I do care. If the other side wants to be the folks that don’t care, that’s fine with me,” quipped Obama in perhaps the most predictably clichéd pun in modern presidential history.
“Is Obamacare losing steam?”
Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Foundation notes: "If enrollment plateaus, we may see growing discussion of whether the law is fulfilling expectations in covering the uninsured, and whether the subsidies for low- and middle-income people are sufficient to make coverage truly affordable." “Is Obamacare losing steam?” asked the Associated Press. Evaluating the miscalculation and improvidence embedded in the very foundation of Obamacare itself, the AP questioned the law’s implementation. “Meanwhile, progress on the law's Medicaid expansion has largely come to a standstill. Although a majority of states have accepted expanded Medicaid, high-population southern states including Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina continue to hold back because of entrenched political opposition to Obama's overhaul,” asserted AP.
Obama was wrong about Obamacare. He failed to account for so many self-evident contingencies that it’s unfathomable how the president still touts the law as a success. The next President of the United States will inherit a collapsed healthcare market with skyrocketing premiums and bureaucratic incompetence. Let’s hope Obamacare gets repealed on inauguration day. The American people have been waiting for far too long.