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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Real World of Obamacare Repeal

WASHINGTON — The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health care. There’s a reason not one Western democracy with some system of national health care has ever abolished it.

The genius of the left is to keep enlarging the entitlement state by creating new giveaways that are politically impossible to repeal. For 20 years, Republicans railed against the New Deal. Yet, when they came back into office in 1953, Eisenhower didn’t just keep Social Security, he expanded it.

People hated “Obamacare” for its highhandedness, incompetence and cost. At the same time, its crafters took great care to create new beneficiaries and new expectations. Which makes repeal very complicated.

The Congressional Budget Office projects that, under Paul Ryan’s “Obamacare” replacement bill, 24 million will lose insurance within 10 years, 14 million after the first year.



Anonymous said...

With the money wasted on the implementation of the (un)affordable care act we could have paid the health insurance premiums for everyone in the country.

Anonymous said...

All this talk about millions losing their health insurance is just talk. Why should I have to pay for low/no income earners to have complete no cost (to them) healthcare that is so much BETTER than what I can purchase for myself. The practical fact is that many more millions of hard working Americans will be able to have BETTER healthcare after Obama Care is repealed. As for the low/no income earners, they will go back to hospital emergency rooms just as they always have...... Actually what we need to do with them is send THEM to the VA, maybe then they will go out and get a job so they can get better healthcare !!!
Socialism/Globalism is the problem not the solution !!!