Obamacare — Too Big to Succeed

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 08:08 AM

By Bradley A. Blakeman

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Obamacare has become the Democrats version of “too big to fail.” They have invested too much political capital and taxpayer monies to turn back now.

By all accounts the rollout of the Obamacare website continues to be an abysmal failure. Despite the reported cost of over 500 million taxpayer dollars in the design and operation of the Obamacare website, it still is plagued with systemic “glitches.”

The American people are finding out what Republicans warned long ago and what the president reluctantly admits now and that is, citizens by the millions are losing their health coverage.

Even before the Obamacare website went live, we knew Obamacare was not ready for primetime when the president delayed the need for businesses to comply with the law for an additional year.

Then we saw union leaders rail against the fallout of Obamacare for their workers. Jimmy Hoffa Jr., the leader of the AFL/CIO, stated that Obamacare signaled the end of the 40-hour workweek for many union members since businesses would be cutting back on fulltime employees for part timers.

Union leaders then threatened the president and Congress that unless unions received relief from the burdens of Obamacare then they would cut back on support of Democrats seeking office in 2014.

The premise behind Obamacare was that it relied on youth enrollment by the millions to underwrite the costs of those needing immediate care.

It is obvious that the youth of America are not buying into the system to date and probably will not because of the low cost of the fine compared to the high price of the coverage.

The White House that promised to be the most open and transparent will not let the public know the breakdown of the statistics of the mere 108,000 who they allege have signed up for Obamacare to date.

Obamacare cannot succeed as it is currently constituted. The president either knew his promises were false when made or was grossly incompetent in advancing such unbelievable or attainable promises.

The federal government cannot force an insurance company to cover or a doctor to treat. The president also promised savings and by all accounts that has not materialized either.

Take me for an example: I am a healthy 55-year-old nonsmoker, and just this past week I was contacted by my healthcare provider.

I was told that although my current policy expires in August, if I were to sign up for health insurance in January of 2014 my monthly premium for similar coverage would go from $450 per month with a $3,000 dollar deductible to $650 per month with a $4,000 dollar deductible. The reason for the increase is simple — I am required to pay for coverage I do not need or want.

I already have been paying my share for the uninsured and poor through my taxes — state and federal. Now I am required to pay again through increased premiums.

Obamacare represents a government manipulation and control of one-sixth of our nation's economy. A government program that influences so much of our economic health becomes “too big to fail.”

There is no limit to making it work since the taxpayer is the ultimate underwriter. As long as there are pockets to pick there is no failure in the eyes of Obamacare supporters.

We are seeing this play out now with the website failures. Today, good money is thrown after bad to correct it. There is no accountability or responsibility. A Democratic strategist told me in the green room” of a news station that, “Obama put the word out that money is no object in the remediation of the Obamacare website.”

The fact that businesses, unions and others are given extraordinary relief from obeying the law means that premiums government was counting on to fund Obamacare has disappeared.

Obama has so materially altered Obamacare by executive action that its effect has been its “amendment.” The only way a law can be materially changed is by the same process by which a law was made and that is by an act of Congress.

Democrats believe that Obamacare is too big to fail and Republicans believe that it is too big to succeed — and therein lays the stark differences between conservatives and liberals.

In either case Obamacare cannot succeed as it costs too much and cares too little.

Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of politics and public policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.

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