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Obamacare a Clunker Like the Ford Edsel

Monday, 14 Oct 2013 08:25 AM

By Elliot Jager

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The rollout of Obamacare roughly coincided with the 56th anniversary of "E-Day," when in 1957 Ford Motor Co. introduced "another great American flop – the Edsel," points out David Catron in The American Spectator.

"That misbegotten vehicle, whose goofy name has long since become synonymous with 'spectacular failure' had much in common with Obamacare. "Both were based on bad ideas, full of much-ballyhooed features that didn't work, and were despised by the public," wrote Catron, a healthcare-revenue expert.

Both the car and the healthcare program remained a mystery even as their release dates approached. In the case of Obamacare, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi advised the American people, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it."

Neither the Edsel nor Obamacare worked properly, Catron writes. News coverage at the time reported on falling oil pans, stuck trunks, peeling paint, hard-to-close doors and a hyped Teletouch push-button transmission that tended to freeze up.

Similarly, writes Catron, "the wheels came off Obamacare as soon as it was rolled out." The healthcare.gov website is its most conspicuous failure.

The car was introduced when the country was entering the recession of 1957, just as the healthcare program was rolled out when America was still in an economic downturn. Ford read the market and soon accepted that it had made a colossal mistake. But the Obama administration refuses to even consider delaying its program, writes Catron.

"Whereas the potential buyers of the Edsel simply grimaced when they finally saw the thing and walked out of the showroom" citizens who want to opt out of the President's healthcare program can be fined if they refuse Obama's "ugly, overpriced, and dysfunctional product," Catron concludes.

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