Victor Davis Hanson: Obamacare Will Fail Like the Edsel

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 06:42 PM

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The Affordable Care Act will go down in the annals of U.S. history as did the Edsel and New Coke, says Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a domestic policy and international affairs think tank.

"Somebody has an idea, they don’t research it sufficiently ... it's not what the public wants, they try to force it down the throat of the public, and you've got problems," Hanson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"In this case, the biggest flaw of it is that you really have to tell 30 million young people who are in good health and either don't have insurance or have very cheap catastrophic insurance that they're going to have to pay a lot more for something they do not use very much," he said Wednesday.

"So, I just don't see that young people are going to flock to this. I don't see a lot of people without insurance."



Hanson also said promises President Barack Obama made to the nation about the Affordable Care Act were hollow.

"The problem with the president is that every promise he gave the American people . . . has turned to be erroneous," he said.

"It was sold under so many different pretexts – that businesses would love it because it would make them globally competitive, that people wouldn't have to change their program, that doctors would like it – and none of it's true. None of it is.

"Whereas the Republicans suffered from the shutdown . . . it's over with. The Democrats are having a problem that's going to increase."


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